IDG Contributor Community: Highlights from Cell World Congress 2017

You won’t understand it, however you simply missed Mobile World Congress 2017 – the most important annual gathering of the world’s cell trade. 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 trade, the applied sciences on show and mentioned in convention periods will quickly be altering how all of us stay.

Whereas I wasn’t in a position to attend the convention in individual, I did have some “toes on the bottom”. Representatives from Codal – an utility improvement and UX (consumer expertise) design firm – promised to look into a few of the rising applied sciences and ship me notes and photographs 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 progressive applied sciences on show.

A number of the most attention-grabbing know-how developments in proof on the convention have been within the areas of robotics, digital actuality, and the Web of Issues, generally known as IoT. Listed here are a few of the extra thrilling observations that have been reported to me.


In response to Matt Gierut, COO of Codal, robotics have been in every single place. One of many significantly attention-grabbing roles that robots on show fortell is how using robotics in industrial manufacturing shall 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 communicate to us and assist clients discover what they’re in search of. 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 stated 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 instructed me that digital actuality permeated the convention, significantly in gaming as you’d probably suspect. Keval Baxi commented that “This immersive know-how adjustments the way in which that gaming is skilled, including plenty of worth to this trade.” The methods during which digital actuality may transfer past video games to some very important areas — such as health care and military applications — may 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 sport enjoying to a completely totally different airplane. As Matt Gierut identified, the video games at show at Cell World Congress make it clear that contributors are now not simply enjoying video games, they’re in the video games in ways in which make “sport enjoying” a completely totally different expertise. You can 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 attainable. 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 search out IoT dominating the present flooring. As Matt Gierut identified “Linked automobiles have been in every single place, and even automotive corporations have been exhibiting, resembling Ford and Mercedes, displaying off their new, progressive related automobiles.” In case the idea of “related automobiles” hasn’t but come to your neighborhood, let me simply add related automobile is a automobile with its personal Web connection, permitting it to speak with different IoT units. For instance, you may get a push notification in your good telephone 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 explicit trade is a latecomer to the Web, IoT units may quickly be offering farmers with info on their soil and crops — the necessity for explicit vitamins, moisture ranges, and probably even the presence of dangerous bugs. As a substitute of sending somebody into the fields to run exams manually, the IoT sensors will ship experiences to farm managers that may assist information their selections and make the farming operations extra environment friendly and profitable.


Whereas you could have missed Cell World Congress 2017, 108,000 folks did not. Technical professionals from 208 international locations 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 shall be looking out for the primary robotic prepared to assist me discover what I am in search of at Costco!

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