MWC 2014 – The weird, the wacky and the absent

Google Glass headset
  • 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: Like:

  • 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.
  • Augmented Reality.

All interesting stuff although, if  you went by the press coverage, you’d think MWC was the Sony-Samsung Show. See also: Embedded World: Your Electronics Weekly guide See also: Mobile World Congress: Your Electronics Weekly guide

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