You may not notice it, however you simply missed Mobile World Congress 2017 – the biggest annual gathering of the world’s cell business. It is held yearly in Barcelona, Spain and this yr’s convention ran final week (February 27th to March 2nd). Whereas the convention primarily attracts professionals from the cell business, the applied sciences on show and mentioned in convention classes will quickly be altering how all of us reside.

Whereas I wasn’t capable of attend the convention in particular person, I did have some “ft on the bottom”. Representatives from Codal – an utility improvement and UX (person expertise) design firm – promised to look into a few of the rising applied sciences and ship me notes and images in order that I may have one thing of a digital expertise of the present. And, from what they reported to me, the convention was extraordinarily thrilling with some very extremely modern applied sciences on show.

A few of the most fascinating expertise traits in proof on the convention had been within the areas of robotics, digital actuality, and the Web of Issues, generally known as IoT. Listed below are a few of the extra thrilling observations that had been reported to me.


In line with Matt Gierut, COO of Codal, robotics had been in all places. One of many significantly fascinating roles that robots on show fortell is how using robotics in industrial manufacturing might be transferring heavy bins round warehouses or getting ready them for cargo.

5g robotics codal (Image taken at request of SHS -- used with permission)Courtesy of Codal

Much more thrilling is the chance that many people will quickly be greeted and assisted in retail institutions by robots that can converse to us and assist prospects discover what they’re searching for. Keval Baxi, Codal’s CEO, described a robotic named “Pepper” who spoke to convention attendees and carried an iPad that the robotic used to supply further info. Mr. Baxi mentioned that Pepper was of human proportions and bore some resemblance to Star Wars’ C-3PO.

retail robots codal (Image taken at request of SHS -- used with permission)Courtesy of Codal

Digital Actuality

The Codal reps additionally informed me that digital actuality permeated the convention, significantly in gaming as you’d possible suspect. Keval Baxi commented that “This immersive expertise adjustments the way in which that gaming is skilled, including numerous worth to this business.” The methods through which digital actuality would possibly transfer past video games to some very crucial areas — such as health care and military applications — would possibly find yourself being much more mind-boggling.

vr games codal (Image taken at request of SHS -- used with permission)Courtesy of Codal

Digital actuality strikes recreation taking part in to a wholly totally different airplane. As Matt Gierut identified, the video games at show at Cell World Congress make it clear that individuals are now not simply taking part in video games, they’re in the video games in ways in which make “recreation taking part in” a wholly totally different expertise. You might end up strolling round on the floor of Mars, battling an alien invader, or flying a bomber throughout WWII with extra realism than you beforehand imagined doable. The alternatives for digital actuality to supply surprisingly efficient coaching and life-changing experiences are quickly coming inside our attain.


The Codal reps weren’t stunned to seek out IoT dominating the present ground. As Matt Gierut identified “Related automobiles had been in all places, and even automotive firms had been exhibiting, corresponding to Ford and Mercedes, displaying off their new, modern related automobiles.” In case the idea of “related automobiles” hasn’t but come to your neighborhood, let me simply add related automobile is a car with its personal Web connection, permitting it to speak with different IoT gadgets. For instance, you would possibly get a push notification in your good cellphone reminding you that your automobile wants an oil change and suggesting that you just make an appointment at your service station.

iot connected car codal (Image taken at request of SHS -- used with permission)Courtesy of Codal

Keval Baxi added that IoT was additionally being showcased for its use in agriculture. Whereas this specific business is a latecomer to the Web, IoT gadgets would possibly quickly be offering farmers with info on their soil and crops — the necessity for specific vitamins, moisture ranges, and presumably even the presence of dangerous bugs. As an alternative of sending somebody into the fields to run exams manually, the IoT sensors will ship reviews to farm managers that may assist information their selections and make the farming operations extra environment friendly and profitable.


Whereas you’ll have missed Cell World Congress 2017, 108,000 folks did not. Technical professionals from 208 nations and territories made it to Barcelona together with three,500 members of the press and media retailers. Whereas I did not make it both, I am very excited by the highlights that Codal shared with me and might be looking out for the primary robotic prepared to assist me discover what I am searching for at Costco!

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