Caring About Innovation At Future Port Prague
We believe that ideas come from curiosity. And that is why we keep on exploring the newest technologies and follow innovations in our field. We simply love to broaden our own horizons. The Future Port conference brought world-class speakers to Prague and we could not have missed the opportunity to be there. Our team-mate Jan Zof participated in this unique futuristic event and summarized his main insights from expositions of the IoT, AI, VR, and mobility.
Being a web & mobile development agency, Rascasone was naturally most interested to learn about the challenges and opportunities of the IoT. Apart from the traditional exhibitors such as IBM, Sigfox, and Big Clown, several new companies have come to present their products. In the Czech Republic, there are currently two major IoT platforms (Sigfox and LoRa) so it was surprising to see new players entering the market. Since we are also developing our own IoT device (which we will discuss in another article), we welcome this progress.
While going through the different stalls one could not have missed noticing the multiple cameras in the halls which continuously monitored participants. The IBM and Microsoft showed their newest prototypes of cameras which scanned people’s faces (up to 10 people at once) and based on the recordings identified their sex, age, and current mood. The Microsoft Cortana score similar as IBM and the results were very precise when one stood close to the camera. Other companies exhibited sophisticated cameras from manufacturing halls which could determine the quality and quantity of products produced and disruptions in the production. All that in real time.
The exhibitions were interactive and fun. One could have tried virtual and augmented reality in plenty of stalls and played with drones and other devices. The mobility was a huge topic and there were many vehicles powered by electricity such as hybrid cars, hydrogen vehicles, electric motorcycles, electric bikes, mobility scooters, water bus and more. Sitting in any of them one could have felt the bright future ahead of us. Speaking of future there were also various panel discussions and workshops about Robotics, New Materials, 3D Printing, Cybernetics, Manufacturing and other areas. Since we are working on applications we are always curious to know how the work market will evolve. The opinions of experts vary. While some estimated that automatization will not affect our generation, others expected it to come in the near future.
The event was a great opportunity to see what is in store for the next decade/s. While some questions were answered, many arose. How can we introduce IoT to the larger public? How can Rascasone contribute to it? What impact will automatization through our applications have on future employment? We will keep on searching for the answers to these questions and working hard. Exploring, innovating and being curious. Stay with us.