The Mobile World Congress (MWC), one of the biggest events in the Mobile Industry, was recently in Barcelona. The event draws together the big names of the Mobile Industry, ranging from smartphone manufacturers, iOT (internet of things) industry leaders and professionals from around the world. With the variety of gadgets and technology, here are the 5 that stood out.
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1. 5G Network
5G is the latest generation of mobile networks that will increase the speed of your phone usage. At the moment, 5G is still in development and there are no official 5G networks as of yet. However 5G capable products are being tested by companies to prepare for its arrival.
The main benefit of the new network is increased speeds, which means you can download apps, surf the web and programs faster than ever, compared to 4G, which is great for entrepreneurs and consumers when travelling.
As a result, this will benefit and build the foundation for Internet of Things (IOT) devices, such as smart fridges and smart cars. The current release period is around the year 2020.
2. Smart shoes
Smart watches won’t be the only wearables, with the introduction of smart shoes. Different tech companies are creating shoes that integrate with your smartphone to improve your daily routines.
A startup backed by Samsung called IOFit, created a line of golf shoes with technology that can help improve your golfing skills.
It measures your balance, weight and golf swing, which is then transferred to the IOFit app on your smartphone. While the golf shoes are available to pre-order, IOFit will also be launching a range of general fitness smart shoes.
Additionally, an Indian startup, Ducere Technologies showcased shoes with Smart Sole technology that links with Google Maps on the user’s smartphone.
The shoes vibrate to indicate which direction that users need to take to reach their destination.
3. Driverless cars
In the future, you’ll be able to watch Netflix while your car drives and race cars will be able to drive themselves. Peugeot and Roborace showcased their driverless cars at the Mobile World Congress.
The Peugeot instinct has a futuristic look on the outside and inside. Drivers can choose between taking control of the wheel or putting it in self-driving mode, where the car drives itself.
The car connects to the internet and works with Samsung’s cloud technology, which will communicate with other devices. For example, it can communicate with your smart fridge and notify low stocked groceries.
Roborace is the latest racing vehicle in the Formula E Grand Prix. It has no cockpit and able to reach speeds of over 320 KM per hour. It has a aerodynamic body design with a Tron-inspired look. The car has inbuilt technology with sensors, radars and cameras to help it avoid collisions. Roborace are looking towards launching the cars before the 2017 Formula E season finishes.
4. AI Assistants
Currently, we have Siri on iPhone, Amazon’s Alexa and Window’s Cortana. But in the future, AI Assistants will be the norm on mobile devices and other Internet of Things technology. By 2019, Gartner predicts that 20% of mobile devices will be using virtual AI assistants.
Other smartphones and devices will follow by either joining an existing AI assistant or creating their own. For example, Samsung announced that it will be releasing its own AI for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 phones. Additionally, Sony will release their Sony Agent in the upcoming Xperia earphones.
The Holocube is a holographic toy created by Merge VR to create a new educational experience. Essentially, the cube brings objects and games life right in the user’s hands using Augmented Reality (AR).
It works through the user’s smartphone, using Merge’s app. The user holds the block that projects the holograms. These holograms are seen by the user through a Virtual Reality headset.
Demos showed some of the apps and games featured on the Holocube, such as games where users created their own virtual city and educational app showing the human brain’s functions.
The Holocube not only benefits users but also app developers. The cube will give app developers the opportunity to create apps and be innovative using Merge VR’s development toolkit.
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