Devyn Miller reacts to the elephant coming toward her in the virtual African adventure using the Oculus Rift head mounted display at the Think Big Festival in Coeur d’Alene in August 2016.
The 3rd Annual Think Big Festival was very visible in Coeur d’Alene on August 26-27. This high tech festival brings young and old, techie and novice together to get a glimpse of the future.
Tesla gave free rides in its fleet of electric and autonomous cars. Robots and delivery robots were in town and people enjoyed the wonders of virtual and augmented reality.
Event coordinators, the local Innovation Collective, brought in speakers, for the Saturday panels to talk about health, investment, transportation and reality. These technical, finance and education gurus came together to look into the future that isn’t very far away.
Along with the speakers were a variety of different demonstrations and interactive displays. The clear winner of this group was the virtual reality booth according to the length of the line to experience the device. In Saturday’s speakers’ forum, Ross Finman from MIT discussed the three areas that will see significant enhancement because of virtual reality: instruction, visualization and entertainment.
Nick Smoot celebrates a successful festival with Labor Regional Manager Vicki Isakson.
No one knows for sure what the future holds, but some of the best visionaries and inventors in robotics, artificial intelligence and technology recently gathered to share their ideas.
The second annual Think Big Festival took place Aug. 20-22 in Coeur d’Alene.
Nick Smoot, creator of Innovation Collective and the Think Big Festival, assembled many speakers from across the United States.
Think Big Brings Big Names to Idaho
The Think Big lineup included Dr. William Torch, a prominent neurologist who invented the keyboard Stephen Hawking uses which allows him to type using eye movements.
Nick Smoot and Ryan Arnold wanted to create a hub for robotics startup companies in Coeur d’Alene. This would be done through a collaboration of entrepreneurs, businesses and community leaders to create Innovation Collective. What transpired was beyond their wildest dreams.
A robot from the University of Idaho on display.
On Aug. 15 the first Think Big Festival brought 250 attendees to North Idaho College to hear from experts in the field of robotics. Smoot and Arnold were able to bring in Yoshikazu Kanamiya, a 35-year robotics professor from Japan. Kanamiya has worked extensively on medical robotics to help the elderly. Smoot said he wanted to bring Kanamiya back again during his upcoming sabbatical to advance medical rehab and robotics. Representatives from Kootenai Health, University of Idaho and Jobs Plus have also joined with Innovation Collective to work together and move medical robotics forward.