In May of 2014 I was in San Francisco for the Cisco Live conference. Everything seemed to be going well at our company’s booth, so I ducked out for a day and attended the Solid Conference 2014.
I have to say that it was an amazing experience. I wasn’t expecting much, but within a few minutes of walking in the front door, I was blown away. The speakers (every one of the keynotes!) were simply terrific, and the display area had exhibitor after exhibitor showing things I’d read about in the last year, or seen on Kickstarter. Like the Boston Dynamics Big Dog robot, or the Google Glass booth, or the Form 1 printer, The Lit Motors motorcycle/car, the Taktia handheld CNC machine – and even suppliers like Seeed Studio or Electric Imp who’s stuff I’ve bought.
I’m definitely attending Solid 2015: June 23-25 in San Francisco.
Here’s the URL for the solid conference sessions.
Intelligent machines are different Rodney Brooks
Making Machines that Make Nadya Peek
Google X’s focus on the physical world Astro Teller
Vision-driven beyond tangible bits Hiroshi Ishii
Robotics and the natural language of creatives Tobias Kinnebrew
Beyond Gadgets: Interactive Everything Ivan Poupyrev
Very interesting guy. Lots of different ideas.