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Live from Mobile World Congress - Day 1
Every year we bear witness to Mobile World Congress; one of the biggest tech events in the world. MWC has for years played host to the unveiling of many new devices and this year was no different – it gave us the playful LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, but from Monday to Thursday this week they’re competing for attention along with over 2,200 other exhibits including the likes of Microsoft, Sony, Huawei, ZTE and countless others – the list goes on.
Join us each day of MWC for a round-up of some of the best and coolest bits of technology that we may see in our hands (or homes…) sometime in the near future.
There’s a huge focus on VR right now and we think this will be the year more people take notice of the possibilities. With the likes of the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, you can slip on the headset and instantly you have your very own cinema. Or how about taking a virtual tour of a city you’ve never been to, but feeling like you’re actually there? And then there’s gaming… The possibilities are endless – racing games, shooters, fitness games – virtual reality will make everything so much more immersive and we cannot wait. Check below for some MWC attendees enjoying a virtual rollercoaster ride.
We also had a football playing robot at the event – while cool, it does show some current limitations but we have no doubt that these are just babysteps. In a few years time when this grows up, it could be a fully fledged Robocop. But don’t worry about the video below if you’re watching Messi, your job is still safe – for now!
There were a surprising amount of vehicles present at MWC showing just how much more tech could be added. Think your in-car GPS is cool? That’s child’s play! For starters there was Jorge Lorenzo’s #99 superbike, equipped with more high definition cameras than a film crew. There was also Audi’s AT&T connected R8 V10 Plus – that’s one seriously good looking car, and now it has the brainpower to match.
We also saw one of the most unique concepts from Harman you’ll ever see – a car that is both left and right hand drive, at the flick of a switch, thanks to an impressive robot arm. We can already imagine going for an epic road trip and sharing the driving experience without even swapping seats.
With so much more to see and do at MWC, we’ll be back tomorrow to showcase more cool tech and gadgetry. Feel free to let us know below what you think the future holds, or if there’s any particular sort of tech you’re interested in our want to hear more about – and we’ll do our best.
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