With Embedded World and Mobile World Congress this week we get, along with phones and tablets, the weird, the wacky, the wonderful and the absent.
The eBike – the wireless-enabled electric bike which tells you the bike’s charging status, GSM and GPS tracking for route optimisation, battery life and use, gearbox data and drive-by-wire behaviour,.
A Bluetooth-enabled basketball that tracks its movement throughout a game.
A Bluetooth-enabled tennis racket that monitors a person’s swing to help the user improve.
A device called Tethercell which puts an AAA battery in an AA shell combined with a controller and a wireless link so you can turn the AAA battery on and off using your phone.
Stick-on nails giving greater precision to touch-screen typing.
What might be called reverse oddities are the dogs which still don’t bark:
Smartwatches for which, according to Samsung, no more uses can be found than as a pedometer, a pulse counter, fitness tracker and message notifier.
Google Glass – always a bridesmaid never a bride. Ugly? Privacy issues? Expensive? There must be some reason why it never launches.
All interesting stuff although, if you went by the press coverage, you’d think MWC was the Sony-Samsung Show.