Quickly before I hit the sack. The Best of NextFest were for me:
- Philip K Dick robot from Hanson Robotics, Fedex Institute of Technology at University of Memphis, and UTexas-Arlington ARRI
- Panoscope 360 from University of Montreal (elumens dome turned to a dish)
- Chroino from Kyoto University’s Robo Garage
- Mobile Feelings from Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences
- Moller Skycar from Moller International
- Innespace Dolphin from Innespace
- Robolobster from Northeastern University
- Saturn Sky (sportscar) from Saturn
We’ve been in Chicago since about 10 am CDT. So far we checked in sorta — our room wasn’t ready yet. We checked out the neighborhood which is the begining of Michigan Ave and the Miracle Mile as well as State Street going down to the Chicago River. Sally and folks who care deeply about architecture have strong opinions about most of this area often building by building. I wasn’t that upset that the Disney Store hails back to a time that doesn’t really exist so I’ll stay out of that one.
We did have deep dish Chicago pizza for our first meal here at lunch at Pizza Due which is still using the airconditioning installed by Bret’s grandfather (thanks for the suggestion, Bret).
We took the bus down to the Museum of Science and Industry, the building there are from the World Columbian Exposition of the 1890s. From there we strolled through the park and through the University of Chicago area until we reached the Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the midst of restoration. We took the tour and learned how every family that tried to live there met with some misfortune — bankruptcy and divorce, sudden unexpected death, premature death — until the house ended up in the hands of the University of Chicago who is leasing it to the National Preservation Trust while a Frank Lloyd Wright group restores it.
We have tickets for Second City tomorrow night (thanks Fred for that suggestion) and tonight we’ll be off to a reception for Wired’s NextFest.