What does the future of technology hold? Predicting trends for the next decades has always been exciting. But you can really get the idea once you witness it with your own eyes. Seeing is believing, so here is what we believe will bring a sea change in the tech world based on our impressions from visiting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
If you have a bucket list, MWC should be there
In the beginning of March our project manager Yana Gerasimova and Android developer Vadim Oleynik spent three amazing days in sunny Spain. (No, it wasn’t a honeymoon). This year was special for the world’s biggest mobile event because it celebrated its 10th anniversary. You can only imagine a scale with which these guys celebrate their birthdays!
The leading global IT exhibitors, all 2100 of them, represented their innovations for different areas of business, including gaming, health, navigation, entertainment, mobile marketing, and hardware.
It was a real challenge to catch up with all eight pavilions crammed with new devices, apps, games, and other miracles of talented brains. You could make friends with 93 thousand of people from everywhere, enlarge your business network, and spread the idea about your particular role in the history of humanity.
So, what exactly casted quite a spell on our lucky guys, Yana and Vadim? Four things they could actually touch:
- Smart watches
- IQ house
- Connected cars
- Devices for healthcare
Why don’t we dwell on these things for a few minutes?
The concept of a buzzed word-combination “Internet of Things” is closely related to home automation technology. IQ house or smart house is no longer a feature of a science fiction movie. It’s actually a frequently requested mobile app functionality. The only thought of being able to control lighting, heating, TV, air-conditioning, audio & video systems, security, and what not from anywhere in the world, is mind-blowing.
“The GSMA Innovation City was the most impressive thing at MWC,” said Yana. “5G, the 5th generation of wireless systems, can really improve the way billions of people live their personal and professional lives.”
Korea Telecom (KT), which focuses not only on home security, but on the everyday routine, such as home fitness, parking, and even traffic controller, sees 5G network as a wireless infrastructure for the future of their GiGa Wire platform.
“With Innovation City we really felt how a cutting-edge mobile technology is changing our everyday lives.” - said Vadim.
5G technology allows to connect a great variety of products and services via mobile. However, there is still a long way for 5G given a huge number of different requirements for its fully-fledged introduction. But when it finally hits the market we’ll be able to enjoy ultra-low latency solving a lot of issues in industrial applications and driverless cars. Exponential growth of the Internet of Things is expected over the next 10 years.
Connected cars were another big thing in the Innovation City. The idea is pretty simple. You just link a car to the Internet through a wireless local area network, and it sends you safety alerts, automatic notification on crashes, speeding, and a lot more. Connected cars can also allow a user to manage their homes while driving.
AT&T exhibited an excellent home security and automation service "Digital Life,” and a connected car service "Drive," which are linked with one another to let users control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles. AT&T has deals with eight automakers from General Motors to Ford on connected car services.
A secure ecosystem of applications that connect to the user’s vehicle can be developed with the help of Car Easy Apps software platform. Its API enables independent developers to design apps compatible with all mobile handset operating systems. It also includes a simulator for testing the compatibility of apps with vehicles and reproducing on-road driving conditions.
Mobile devices are actually capable of improving healthcare and protecting people from illnesses, such as diabetes, for example. The main place for this market belongs to wearable technology.
Oral-B, a popular producer of toothbrushes, exhibited their new powerful brush which connects to your smartphone through the app. That’s right! Technology is already getting right into your mouth. So far you can track anything, even your daily brushing progress. Oral-B will also send you messages about how you can take a better care of your teeth.
Korean startup NAMU presented an interesting device called Spimon which monitors user daily activity and controls their spine posture. By combining wearable sensor technology and a smartphone app, a user can maintain perfect postures, and thus, greatly improve their health.
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Huawei represented their new wearable devices -- TalkBand B2, TalkBand N1, and Huawei Watch. These devices are connected and synchronized to offer the best all-around smart solution and personal monitoring based on individual needs.
Huawei TalkBand N1 is the first Hi-Fi stereo + Bluetooth headset featuring 4G of local MP3 storage for 1,000 songs, Bluetooth calling, and sports tracking. Its functionalities include step counting, distance calculation, calorie consumption tracking, and more. It also carries a function that broadcasts the names or phone numbers of incoming calls so users won’t miss a call on the road. Huawei TalkBand B2 is a sports bracelet which makes an awesome combination with the Bluetooth headset.
Everybody now is talking about smart watches and surely, they couldn’t but capture our attention at WMC.
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Huawei’s solution in this area is totally scratch and waterproof. Powered by Android Wear, the watch is packed with a range of health tracking functions, and has a built-in advanced heart rate monitor sensor, a 6-Axis sensor, a barometer sensor, a touch motor, and a built-in microphone. The Huawei Watch enables users to easily receive notifications on incoming SMS, emails, and phone calls.
A sparkling display at 400 x 400 pixels resolution in 286 ppi at a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio makes the Huawei Watch the most vibrant Android smartwatch in the world. The touch-sensitive sapphire crystal lens cover can even work with gloved or wet hands, offering the most convenient experience at all times.
We got a lot of inspiration and motivation at WMC exhibition. Looking forward to use the latest technology in our newest projects!