Perhaps the viral image of Felipe VI fixing Quim Torra with a murdered look was not going towards the Catalan president and yes towards one of those mobiles that are bent or some strange product that has been seen these days in the Mobile World Congress of Barcelona. The most important technology fair in Spain came this time away from the political hypersensitivity of other years and engaged in the mobility problems of the city after the war between taxis and the VTC. He landed for the fourteenth time in Catalonia and has closed with the record number of 109,000 attendees with the slogan 'Smart Connectivity', inviting reflection on an event that has talked a lot about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and of course, 5G.
Although it goes without saying the stars are the mobiles, and although the brands increasingly opt for presentations in their own acts, in the MWC have been seen folding, those that are activated with gestures, those that have more cameras than anyone, those that have almost infinite battery or those that They want you to watch movies through their screens.
But not only mobile lives Mobile. In the technological jungle which is the Fira de Barcelona every February, there is also room for a multitude of curious pots, some of them surely quite useless, and others extraordinary that would make life easier for anyone.
5G connected surgeon
A remote guided operation
The arrival of 5G will open the door to a revolution in many areas, but it will probably be health that most directly impacts the citizen: doctor and patient may be in different parts of the world, as could be seen in the first operation broadcast live with 5G in Spain.
One of the specialist doctors was in one of the scenarios of the Mobile, while the patient was about four kilometers in the first equipped operating room with 5G coverage in Spain, at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
Future of mobility
The conquest of the cities
Seatlaunched an order to show the world its leadership capacity in connected mobility. The one of the future and the one that serves as a springboard for the connected car. He does it with Minimum, an electric two-seater that is committed to reducing 'carsharing' costs, with interchangeable battery and 100 km of autonomy.
2.5 meters long and 1.24 meters wide, the microcar, with space for two people, occupies only 3.1 square meters, compared to 7.2 of a normal car. The connectivity solution provided by the car is based on the Android Auto wireless and digital key technology. The vehicle has a central digital display located behind the steering wheel in which the functions of the instrument panel and digital content are combined.
The future is folded
Folding mobiles fever was one of the trends of this MWC and the mobile phone industry has to go a step further in terms of design and innovation. Huawei did not disappoint and presented the Mate X, a terminal other than Fold from Samsung whose refined aesthetics and 5G connectivity are its biggest attractions.
It has a 6.38 '' rear screen, the 6.6 '' front and 8 '' when open, greater than that of Fold. And as everything is more than the Samsung model, the price too. They will be nothing more and nothing less than 2,299 euros For the model with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Languages with artificial intelligence
Speak up in Chinese
It is an 'inventazo'. And who says he doesn't lie. A simultaneous translation device – at first glance looks like a kind of remote control – that promises to end language barriers. The Dutch firm Travis threw a new generation for travel and business in MWC19. To the standard edition, which is renewed with an automatic mode for translate with the press of the central button Y speak any of the 2 selected languages among the more than 100 available, the Travel and Business editions are added.
An electric bike to conquer them all
If for something it is known Xiaomi, in addition to the laughing prices of their mobiles, it is for scooters. Well, now your electric bicycle is about to arrive in Europe with 250W motor and up to 45 km of autonomy. A wonder to combat the mobility problems of big cities. The Xiaomi Electric Folding Bike is foldable, weighs only 15 kilos and has a small screen located on the left handlebar handle. It also has integrated front and rear light. And the best, its price, which would change between 400 and 500 euros.
Defibrillators to save lives
In Spain they are counted every year around 30,000 cases of sudden death. Approximately 82 a day. To reduce this figure as much as possible, the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), together with the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC) and Red Cross have developed Ariadne, a tool that has been recognized in the awards ICT to Technological Innovation for Humanitarian Purposes, within the Mobile World Congress 2019.
The application is free and can be found for both Android and iOS. It is based on a collaborative map of defibrillators in Spain, in which the user can register as a 'tracker' or as a 'collaborator'. The 'trackers', thanks to geolocation, have the mission of indicating the location of defibrillators in public and private spaces. The collaborative nature of the application is one of its important characteristics. 'Tracking' users are not limited to share the location of defibrillators. They can also validate those that have been previously registered by other users, information that can accompany with photographs of the place and that can be very useful to avoid confusion. The objective of the developers of the tool is that, in a second phase of the project, emergency services throughout the Spanish territory are connected through Ariadne.
The era of the voice
The battle of digital assistants
At Christmas they were the star product: more than one million voice assistants were sold. And this goes for long since in three years the data with which the experts play is that there are more devices that are activated by voice than people in the world. It's about the commercial war of the moment. In Barcelona Samsung has taken the opportunity to reach the Bixby consumer in Spanish, to compete with Alexa (Amazon), Google Assistant, Cortana (Microsoft) or Siri (Apple).
The South Korean manufacturer arrives later than its rivals but has the advantage of manufacturing all kinds of devices, from mobile phones to washing machines, televisions or refrigerators, an ecosystem where aspires to integrate this intelligent assistant.
Technological giants want all the devices we have in our house to live in a connection ecosystem that goes from the light bulbs in the living room to the heating just by giving a series of voice commands.
Deloitte consultant forecasts that this year global sales of smart speakers will exceed 6150 million euros, also driven by the expected launch of 5G networks, which multiply the traffic capacity of the lines by one hundred. Another consultant, Ovum, announces that in 2021 there will be more voice assistants than people on the planet. So it is not surprising that soon let's interact more with artificial voices than with people
An army of humanoids
Robots that take care of you
They seemed to be in the very distant future but there they are. They are a reality. Robots that help children do their homework or teach English. They help you and take care of you. These androids are able to help us with the housework, monitor the health of the elderly or entertain us and inform us. They have been seen in all the halls of the MWC swarming and calling attention to their own and strangers. The company Taiwan Excellence has presented has presented to Kebbi, Robelf and Smart Service Robot, three Androids equipped with facial recognition technology and voice, are able to engage in conversations and recognize even our body language.
A face, an entrance
The Mobile World Congress had this year for the first time a system of biometric recognition for attendees to access the site. Is called BREEZ -Acronym in English of 'easy entry zone for Biometric recognition- and is one of the examples that show how technology can completely change the way of accessing events, football matches or festivals.
When registering or buying a ticket for the fair, a photograph is requested as part of the registration process of who bought the subscription. The system analyzes the face through a artificial intelligence that collects biometric data from your face and stores them in a database so that when we want to enter the premises, it is our own face that lets us in. Facial recognition cameras are only used at the entrance points to the facilities or to facilitate access to restricted areas, as explained on the event website.
Beyond the VAR
Technology in favor of football
Despite having a century of history, football is increasingly integrated into the digital revolution. It is demonstrated by the technological resources that hide behind each game and that LaLiga has shown in the Espanyol stadium during the Mobile World Congress.
LaLiga Innovation Showcase has been focused on this edition in the artificial intelligence, the technology that makes VAR possible, the technological advances in the audiovisual broadcast and in the Evolution of Virtual Reality.
The League uses artificial intelligence to schedule the matches, as well as machine learning or machine learning to determine the best time and day to increase both stadium attendance and television ratings. For scheduling, the program analyzes 70 different variables to give an accurate result. They can also put restrictions manually, depending on the conditions of the place where the game takes place.
Since this season LaLiga is using the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR). They have a calibration system to determine the offside, using once again artificial intelligence, to determine the angles of the cameras that detect the offside. It was seen in a demonstration and the accuracy is millimeter. He is able to project the offside line in less than a second.
LaLiga also uses its latest innovations to offer its clubs valuable tools aimed at improving the performance of teams and players. Mediacoach is the coaches secret tool. A suite of advanced tools and match analysis service, which the competition makes available to the technical staff of all teams to be able to analyze in depth the characteristics of the game; before, during, and after each match.