Mobile World Congress 2016 kicked off last Sunday with the widely-anticipated launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices, which you can read about here. However, there’s lots more to take away from this year’s show.
Virtual Reality (VR) technology has matured rapidly in recent years and was a major focus of Samsung’s keynote event. A number of other big players, such as Lenovo and Nokia are also embracing VR.
One of the most crucial aspects of the evolution of VR has been the ability of developers to create low-tech, affordable VR equipment for early adopters (e.g. Google Cardboard). Lenovo seems to be focusing on this market as they have developed Ant VR, an affordable headset which enables a large screen experience for mobile content.
Meanwhile, the Nokia Ozo professional VR camera is looking to change the way movies are made. With a starting price of $60,000, the Nokia Ozo is far from home movie focused, but does suggest that we could soon be watching our favourite feature-length blockbusters as a fully immersive, 360-degree experience.
Google and Lenovo are co-developing an augmented reality App for indoor navigation. Project Tango is an attempt to bring potential of navigation technology to indoor environments such as museums, stadiums and conference centres.
During Mobile World Congress a select number of attendees were given a guided tour of Barcelona’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Rather than relying on a human tour guide or signposts to navigate the exhibits, special software called GuidiGo simulated a trail of blue dots on the floor to direct participants to specific locations. We’re definitely excited to see the potential of this technology as it evolves!
LG have been truly innovative with their flagship phone for this year. The LG G5 features a detachable module which allows users to remove and replace the battery along with the bottom section of the phone. This removable module will also allow audiophiles to upgrade the phone’s speakers thanks to an add-on developed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen.
The G5 is expected to be available across Europe from April.
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