Real-Life Tomorrowland at Real Future Fair

If you or someone you know has ever gone to San Francisco, chances are you’ve taken a photo with the giant marble columns of the Palace of Fine Arts as backdrop. A bus stop away from the famed Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts is eminently Instagram-worthy. What’s less known is that it was built in 1915 to be the site of the World’s Fair—a collection of exhibitions that brought in millions of visitors to the city and which showcased the best of technology at the time, including electricity and long-distance telephony. So when I heard that the same site would host Real Future Fair, a modern-day equivalent with robots, drones, and virtual reality goggles, I wondered if the choice of venue had been deliberate.

Marvelous multimedia machines

In just a few short years, MP3 players have evolved into multimedia powerhouses, capable of storing not just music, but photos, videos, and anything else they can cram into those compact little bodies. And in that short span of time, they’ve gotten irrevocably integrated into popular culture as well - what model you’re carrying on your daily commute says as much about your personality as the clothes you wear or the shoes on your feet. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the hottest multimedia players now rolling off the market: