Weekly Tech News: Dublin Tech Summit, Augmented Reality and More
byThree_Sheena17-02-201705:01 PM - edited 21-02-201710:35 AM
In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at the Dublin Tech Summit, the launch of the Doro 5516 and the future of Augmented Reality.
Dublin Tech Summit 2017
This week, the Dublin Tech Summit took place in the National Convention Centre in Dublin. Over two days, visitors from around the world got the opportunity to listen to over 200 key speakers, share ideas and network with key influencers. Three attended to get a first-look preview of what’s coming down the line in technology.
The summit provided some interesting insights and predictions about technology in today’s world. For example, in 2015 there was an estimated 17 billion connected devices, which is estimated to grow to 52 billion in 2020. While 32% of new cars have mobile connectivity today, with an estimated 70 million having the technology by 2020.
A survey in the United States asked people what connected devices they were most interested in, with some very surprising results:
19% were interested in a smart fridge.
42% felt home security was top of their list.
8% interested in a smart toilet that has an internet connection!
Dublin Tech Summit: Rise of the Robots
On Thursday we checked out the “Rise of The Robots” seminar, which featured a very special RoboThespian robot named George, as well as key speakers Ben Jones, Ed Hoppitt, and Gina London. George, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, is one of the most advanced robots on the planet. He is fully interactive, user friendly and multilingual. This was George’s first ever live interview.
As the key speakers engaged in conversation, George seamlessly joined in and answered questions. When asked about the future of technology the robot replied: “Now is the time, we need to decide what we are going to do and make wise decisions”. It’s clear that robotics have made huge leaps, not only in production and automation but also AI and human touch. Making iRobot a reality, let’s hope they stick to the “3 Laws of Robotics” this time!
Dublin Tech Summit: Internet of Things
Rick Ferguson (from Trend Micro) took to the stage to give us his perception on the Internet of Things and how iOT is a new word that has endless possibilities.
Rick described the near future with some interesting stats:
By 2018, smart cities will use 3.3bn connected things.
By 2020, smart agents will facilitate 40% of mobile interactions.
IoE will add €1.9 trillion in value to the economy.
By 2022, iOT will save consumers and business €1 trillion a year.
The smart home is slowing becoming the norm, from smart TV’s to smart fridges, smart light bulbs to smart blinds, all controlled from your smartphone. Rick left us with a warning. “Ensure iOT solutions are highly protected. Even today, our smart TV’s and smartphones can automatically capture video and conversations. So choose wisely and always consider your security.”
Launch of Doro 5516
This week we see the launch of the Doro 5516 across all Three Stores. Doro 5516 is an easy to use camera phone in a classic, bar style design. Separated keys and a large display make calling and texting easier. There are shortcut keys for the camera, favourite contacts, torch and messages, and you can easily send photos and videos, read e-mails or browse the internet. Includes a web-based device manager for securely updating and automatically backing up content stored on your phone.
Available in all Three Stores from Thursday 16th of February – €59 on prepay.
The Future of Augmented Reality
Unlike Virtual Reality (VR) which closes the world out, Augmented Reality (AR) allows individuals to be present in the world, with an improvement on what is happening. Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently in an interview with The Independent : “We don't think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it's for everyone. I think AR is that big, it's huge. I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it's not a product per se, it’s a core technology”.
Unlike VR, AR allows you to add content right there in the “real” world, viewable through glasses or a headset. While most handset manufactures have tested the water with VR, we have seen few aiming for the full AR experience.
Microsoft, however, have been developing the Microsoft Holo Lens. Using specialized components, a custom holographic processing unit and advance optics, Holo Lens allows us to create and explore in an interesting and futuristic way.
Microsoft states the Holo lens is “Mixed Reality, encompassing a wide range of experiences that previously were considered to be only augmented reality or only virtual reality. In mixed reality, people, places, and objects from your physical and virtual worlds merge together in a blended environment that becomes your canvas”.
Microsoft has opened the gates for developers to build holographic apps with the Windows 10 SDK. Interested in learning more about Miscosoft HaloLens? Check out Microsoft.com.