It's a wrap: So lengthy SXSW, see you subsequent yr
A lot occurred at SXSW, the place to start out? Nicely, you’ll have heard that the President rolled into city. He took the prospect to warn — the primarily tech crowd — about not being “absolutists” on encryption, given what a scorching matter that’s proper now. In the meantime, Sony’s R&D Lab debuted the prototype for its new Arc wearable speaker, which is worn across the neck, has voice instructions and even a digital camera inside. Samsung, to not be outdone, confirmed up with headphones that allow you to “really feel” motion in VR video games by way of electrical impulses. We’re conscious that seems like some sort of torture device, however it’s what it’s.
Fb then again encourages you to inform it who your digital subsequent of kin is. It is much less creepy than it sounds, we promise; it is all about ensuring your on-line legacy lives on, simply as you’d need it to. Plus there was the standard move of wild, wacky bizarre (and necessary) discussions, exhibits and simply-for-the-heck-of-it stuff. Simply one other typical week in Austin, Texas then?
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The Engadget Editors on SXSW
James Trew Deputy Managing Editor
As a Brit overseas, I had excessive hopes that SXSW would stay as much as its fame for good occasions and southern hospitality. I needed massive concepts, beer, BBQ, cowboys… the works. Sadly, not too many Stetsons floating round (I am kidding, I do know this is not Dallas), however just about every part else I might heard concerning the present delivered.
As for what we have been going to see on the present itself? I had just about no concept. In contrast to CES or MWC the place we all know we’ll see telephones, TVs and sensible every little thing, SXSW — by its very definition — is about breaking down boundaries, and moving into the unknown. It is about making an attempt to do one thing totally different, which for us means hitting a ton of panels, after which getting a rickshaw over to the subsequent massive concept.
I obtained to see robotic improv comedy, some music-making swings, collaborative musical artwork, and luxuriate in an “augmented” live performance. It is a robust job, however anyone’s acquired to do it. Peer previous the social gathering veneer although, and there is some critical stuff happening. NASA scorching photographs have been on the town ramping up curiosity in getting people to mars, and the sober matter of on-line harassment acquired the airtime it deserved. For me, although, the spotlight was getting a 3D avatar made that may just about match my world well-known dance strikes. You’ll be able to test it out proper on the finish of the video on this submit.
Nathan Ingraham Senior Editor
Making an attempt to sum up a present as huge and ranging as SXSW would usually be an train in frustration. However for me, the journey began with President Obama’s keynote which I received to cowl stay. I’ve by no means been in the identical room as a president earlier than, and attending to cowl his remarks on essential points regarding our nation that additionally dovetail completely with Engadget’s mission was a privilege that I am going to all the time keep in mind.
After that, the week was a whirlwind of panels, conferences, unusual demos and BBQ, none of which fairly measured as much as the best way issues began. That stated, getting to listen to JJ Abrams converse was fairly cool, too. And as destiny would have it, certainly one of my favourite bands CHVRCHES was recording an episode of the podcast Music Exploder on the town, so I received to catch that on the tail finish of the journey. Bookending the journey with President Obama and CHVRCHES makes for a reasonably nice time in Austin.
And, in fact, assembling the Engadget cyborg from numerous factors of the world is all the time a delight unto itself.The social aspect of SXSW
In the event you’ve been following our protection this week (throughout Fb, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, Tumblr and Vine), you will know that SXSW can also be the place the place the tech elite come to play. Bounce into the gallery under, to have a look again at a few of the greatest (and our favourite) candid moments from SXSW Interactive 2016
So lengthy Austin, see you subsequent yr!