Mobile World Congress 2016 — Coolest Tech

Imagine this:

Tired from a long day at work, you trudge into your house. Weary from the 3 minutes you just spent battling to get your key out of the lock, you hang your coat on the coat rack beside the door, only to have it slip off as you take two steps away.

Today was not your day.

You walk into your kitchen, exhaling like it’s the end of a marathon, and open the cupboard. You’re not looking where your hands are going; muscle memory has taken over. Your hands deftly sift through the contents of the cupboard and grasp a small, see-through capsule.

You take the capsule and place it on the counter.

Popping it open, you quickly load it with fresh veggies, flour, and a handful of spices. Summoning what remaining strength you have, you close the capsule, walk over to a machine that appears more computer than microwave, and place it inside.

Your finger presses the big green button on the machine’s panel and it goes to work.

20 minutes later, a pizza sits piping hot inside the machine; no delivery, no mess. Maybe today isn’t so bad after all.

While this scene may sound like something from out of the Jetsons, it could be a reality sooner than you think. This past weekend was the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain. Over 101,000 attendees from 204 countries and territories were present at the event to witness some of the oddest — and potentially revolutionary — technology to soon hit the consumer market. Autonomous cars, internet service companies, virtual reality cameras, and loads of start-ups all vied for a moment in the spotlight. Here are some of the coolest technologies that we found coming out of the Mobile World Congress:

  1. Foodini, Natural Machines

As in the story above, this is a 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and prints out food. Yep, real food! Empty food capsules are filled with fresh ingredients, then popped into the printer to make a range of homemade foods. Anything from veggie burgers to chocolates; below is a video of the product printing a pizza. While this is one of the oddest things we discovered at the event, it gives a glimpse into what might await us in the future.

  1. Samsung Gear 360

Next, we have a virtual reality camera that captures 195-degree video to ensure that footage is seamless when stitched together into an immersive 360-degree video. While a device of this size would usually require a significant footprint, the Samsung Gear 360 is pocket sized — easy to take out when you want it and store when not in use. With this, Samsung seeks to disrupt the emerging market of virtual reality cameras. No release date has been set as the camera is still in prototyping. Along with the Samsung Gear 360, there is also the Sony Xperia Eye, which is a wearable camera that will also be filming 360-degree video.

  1. LG’s G5 Smartphone

While a new smartphone isn’t necessarily ground breaking, LG chose to do something with their new phone that really made it stand out among its competitors: the new G5 introduces a new modular design that can adapt depending on the tasks a user may want it to accomplish. Potential add-ons can turn it into a powerful digital camera, high definition audio player, and more. While many smartphones are Jack-of-all-trades type devices, the G5 seems to be the first to offer users the chance to make it more specialized according to their preferences.

  1. Samsung’s IOFit Smart Shoes

While the smart watch market never exploded to what forecasters predicted, maybe smart shoes will fill that void. We’re not holding our breath, but the IOFit Smart Shoe is definitely a cool piece of technology that will serve a particular niche market. Connecting to an app on your smart phone, the IOFit uses embedded accelerometers and pressure sensors to measure a variety of statistics pertaining to balance and weight shifts. Currently, Samsung is marketing this product for golfer’s looking to perfect their swing, and weight lifters looking to improve squat and deadlift form. A niche product for a small — but competitive — audience could lead to other products designed to solve the specific needs of particular consumers. We’ll have to wait and see.

While there were plenty of interesting ideas presented at the Mobile World Congress 2016, these were some of the coolest products that we saw; we’re excited to see what the future might hold for the world of mobile.

If you’re looking to develop a mobile app, or are looking at some new mobile technology, feel free to drop us a line. We love discussing new and exciting technology.

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