A trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress is definitely for business, not pleasure. That said, the tech here is so exciting that we ended up having the time of our lives testing different products. Some took us on a slope without leaving the hall, others transported us in the matrix in the glimpse of an eye. Here are the best things we experienced at #mwc18!
Indoor skiing, as fun as the real thing
Hall 3 had, by far, the most eye-catching booths and experiences. Most of them, if we’re being honest, happened at the Samsung booth, which was all the hype this year, as you well know. A couple were VR-related, but we felt like letting off a bit of steam. Fortunately, Samsung was organizing a championship of sorts, with one of their fitness trackers at the center.
Yue was brave enough to go up there and challenge the other two contestants. On a stepper-like machine, she started doing snowplough turns, hoping to keep in the line marked and get the rewards in the game. In no time, she had burned quite a bit of calories and the challenge was so fun, it didn’t seem like an effort either!
The sassiest, spiciest robot dance
Although Mobile World Congress is filled with phones, wearables, tablets and the sorts, there were a couple of robots we just couldn’t and didn’t want to ignore. Like the delightful Pepper. Now, the humanoid bot is more sassy than ever, as we discovered in a lengthy conversation with it.
Conversation, exactly – Pepper has evolved a lot since you last saw it and it can now carry on a dialogue with a human, taking into consideration context, thanks to AI. Pepper danced with us and had a special message for you guys back home!
TBT/ A jump in bullet time
In #throwbackthursday style, we remembered Matrix and how cool it was to have a Nokia “banana” phone back then. (Un)fortunately, phones evolved and we couldn’t imagine life with a device without a touchscreen. Or… could we? At least Yue was sold by the Nokia 8110, which is the banana phone reloaded. With 4G LTE support, colorful screen, Snake and OS on board, it’s almost hard to say no to the yellow fella.
Especially when the people at HMD Global (the ones who bought Nokia) are super nice and ready to get in on the madness. Can you believe they let us jump in bullet time?!!! Watch the moment here:
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