Expo Blog

The Expo Blog is a space for posts on the history, themes, legacies and experience of Expos. It includes articles from the BIE and external contributors.

Covid-19 has closed the Space Needle, but it's still a beacon for Seattle

Covid-19 has closed the Space Needle, but it's still a beacon for Seattle

The iconic symbol of the future now stands in solidarity with our isolation.

We’re 20 years into Century 21 — the theme of the Expo 1962 Seattle – and while some wild ideas were presented at that forward-thinking event, we never imagined the future would look quite like this.

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A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Washing machine

A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Washing machine

Most modern products are the result of years of continuous innovations. The washing machine is one such product. For years, innovators have been looking into this household chore to save time, energy and water. One of these innovators, Richard Lansdale, took the opportunity to showcase his creation – the Compound Rotary Washing Machine – at World Expo 1862 in London.

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A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Voice recognition

A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Voice recognition

In 2020, voice recognition technology can be used by anyone with a smartphone. Back in the 1960s, the idea of a human operating a machine by using vocal commands seemed like science fiction. Visitors to World Expo 1962 Seattle – the Space Age Expo - were therefore amazed by IBM’s Shoebox – an early computer that responded to voice controls.

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A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Ultra HDTV

A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Ultra HDTV

World Expo 2005 Aichi, which opened its gates 15 years ago today, was the venue for numerous technological innovations, including the Super Hi-Vision Theater - where the public was introduced to what is commonly known as Ultra HDTV for the first time.

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A to Z of Expo Innovations: Touchscreen

A to Z of Expo Innovations: Touchscreen

The chances are that most people reading this blog post are doing so via a touchscreen, a ubiquitous part of modern life whether it be on phones, tablets, or supermarket checkouts. Though it is very much a 21st century phenomenon, the history of the touchscreen goes back decades, with Expo 1982 Knoxville being the venue for the first public showcase of this technology.

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