From March 2-5, 2015, The annual Mobile World Congress took place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. More than 93,000 people from 200 countries attended this year’s events—up 9 percent from Mobile World Congress 2014.
Mobile World Congress is an annual gathering of C-Level executives in mobile and related industries. Products featured this year included a variety of smart phones and tablets, Wearables, apps and accessories, virtual reality headsets, and a host of generally cool tech items. Essentially, it’s a mobile technology candy store.
According to Digital Trends, the HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset stole the show as the best overall product showcased. This VR headset boasts a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor for precise tracking of head movement. It also features a 1200 by 1080 pixel screen in front of each eye and a place to plug in your favorite earphones for a truly immersive experience.
As previously mentioned here on the Echo blog, the Samsung Galaxy S6 was fully unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress. And many are designating it as possibly the best Android phone of 2015. With wireless charging, integrated Loop Pay, an improved camera and a sleek design, it’s small wonder why it’s receiving so much praise.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE may or may not make it to the U.S.A, but it too was recognized as a top product at MWC2015. This smartwatch uses WebOS to create a fully functioning apps menu and a smartwatch that doesn’t require a phone. The watch is designed to connect directly to your wireless carrier’s network, take and make calls, send text messages, and perform a whole host of other basic functions. The app selection is thin as app development for smartwatches is still in its infant stages.
Imagine being able to unlock your phone or computer just by looking at it. Well essentially that’s what biometrics is allowing us to do. ZTE showcased their EyePrint ID retina unlock feature this week as well. The technology uses your phone’s camera to take a scan of your retina as opposed to typing in a passcode. Forget Sci-Fi, it’s becoming reality!