The Mobile World Congress 2018 #MWC18 had its kick-off yesterday in Barcelona and it brings once again the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies in the mobile market. Needless to say, new wearable technologies have also been revealed in these past two days. Check out the latest company´s highlights and top products we have selected for you!
Looking for some trendy and disruptive solutions? Some of the Innovation World Cup finalists (and winners!!!!) made their way to Barcelona after being part of our WT | Wearable Technologies 2018 EUROPE and they will be presenting their ground-breaking products until this Thursday. By the way, the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup Pitch & Award Ceremony will take place today at ACCIO Brokerage Event* Stand CS20 (between Hall 4-5).
Don´t miss the chance to see these start-ups on stage and also to meet them in person at their booths: TRACKTICS (Hall 8.1 Swiss Pavilion), iBreve, MagnaSCI, HawaDawa, Beexlab, TipCrop, StethoMe, MyClose, Intellinium (Innovation City) and TrackNet.
Moreover, Wearable Technologies has spotted (just in time!) big trends that promise to be the new hit in the tech market:
AI Smart Wearable “VC-NX01”, by Onkyo, is the newest neckable AI-based solution unveiled this year. It provides the user with music, but the cool thing about it is that it automatically activates when placed around the neck. Also, the user will be able to customize their preferred assistant´s voice and geographical location. Be sure to check out our article on neckables by clicking here!
Vuzix (Booth CS80) and Tooz Technologies (Deutsche Telekom & Carl Zeiss) are also present in this year´s event! Learn more about their solutions and smart glasses by clicking here!
Digitalization & Connectivity are expected to be boosted with 5G services. DOCOMO will demonstrate this year use cases for its most recent 5G technology. One of the highlights will include a live demonstration of a humanoid robot, or “5G Robot”, that is able to mirror movements and complete tasks in real-time.
Payment with wearables promises to be the big next thing in IoT. Studies suggest that at least 175 million European are predicted to use contactless payment services options by 2020. Garmin smartwatch users that integrates Garmin Pay Technology can now download their CaixaBank Visa Card and effect direct and simple payments in Spain. Garmin Pay Technology is being currently implemented in its vívoactive® 3 device and is expected to be in more than 20 devices in the upcoming months.
CaixaBank was not the only bank that Visa has teamed up in these past weeks. The National Bank of Greece has also paired up with them in order to develop a new jewellery that will enable people to make secure payments with a tap at any contactless-enabled terminal. Hopefully these new rings and bracelets will be available in the market any time soon!
New smartwatches technologies are also being featured this year! Google announced today new specific tasks in Android application with its Google Assistant. Its actions are not available in 7 languages and will be able to better understand location-based questions from their Android smartwatches users.
Moreover, Tata Communications (digital infrastructure provider) and Omate (wearables maker) are working together to gear their new Omate x Nanoblock children´s smartwatch with safe, prompt and global connectivity. Don´t miss the opportunity to check their demo at Tata Communications´booth – Hall 2 H30.
And last but not least, ASU is displaying a prototype of their Cast One smartwatch. A watch that has an embedded projector, and allows its users to have information displayed can on the back of your hand – or just like a movie – on a nearby wall!
Beyond excited with these new products and trends? We also are! Be sure to stay tuned for more news on wearables technologies coming soon!