The most surprising new products unveiled at the Mobile World Congress
Far more than just a smartphone-only trade show, exhibitors at the Mobile World Congress take the opportunity to unveil products that go beyond the smartphone category. In this gallery, we take a look at some of the most interesting announcements in virtual reality, robots, or wearables…
Sony smart headphones
Can you imagine having a virtual assistant in your ear you could talk to and give instructions to? That’s exactly what Xperia Ear is: a small smart in-ear headset you can control with your voice. It can deliver the same information as a smartband, besides your typical headphone functions.Hearables are already generating a lot of buzz, are they the next big-thing in wearables?
Samsung and virtual reality
The 360º format is revolutionizing the way in which we watch video. Up ‘till now it wasn’t easy to shoot virtual reality content, much less using your phone. Samsung just unveiled a 360 camera, the Samsung Gear 360, a small round-shaped gadget that lets users record everything that's going on around them, can you think of something you’d like to record using this format?
LG Rolling Bot – with a shape that reminds of the BB-8 droid from the latest Star Wars installment – is LG’s surprising new product. It is controlled via app and is equipped with a camera and even a laser pointer. What is it intended for? It is a moving security system that allows to remotely check that everything is ok in your house. Not only that: it also includes a function that will let you play with your pet.
HTC bets hard on videogames
HTC Vive is the name of the company’s VR goggles, which will carry a somewhat heftier price tag than competing devices. What makes HTC’s eyewear unique is that rather than isolating the user completely from the surrounding, it blends it into the experience, through the device’s built-in sensors. It comes with 40 apps and games. HTC Vive is set for release in April for US$799.
Much more than just a hands-free kit
Much like Sony’s product, Ford unveiled a technology they plan to start deploying in their vehicles to allow drivers to communicate with their cars: Sync 3. This new technology will also allow the car to connect with smartphone apps. With a simple command, this technology allows to, for example, find the nearest restaurant by just saying “I deed a coffee”.