MWC 2016 Day Two Roundup
Google Project Tango
This awesome piece of technology uses spacial awareness and visual recognition through the camera on Android devices. Peope at MWC took tours around the historic Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalynya and learning about Maria Fortuny and the artist's portrayal of a battle during the Spanish-Morrocan War of 1859.
Oral B Smart Toothbrush
Oral-B has stepped up its efforts to make sure you're brushing your teeth properly by putting a motion sensor inside the handle of the Genius toothbrush.
That sensor gives the app feedback on where people brush and where they may have missed a spot. The Genius also taps into the camera of your smartphone, using video recognition to identify the position of your hand relative to your face. The result is an accurate assessment of your brushing habits, delivered straight to your smartphone.
The product is still in its prototype stage, but Sony says the Agent is a personalised assistant that will respond to both voice and gestures.
The Agent’s exact functionality remain unclear but a Sony representative at MWC indicated it would be able to help with dictating emails, to controlling smart home appliances. It also has a built in camera and projector that presumably will offer advanced video calling and entertainment features.
The Vivofit 3 is more for sofa surfers than actual surfers, with automatic activity detection working out what you're doing. It can recognise walking, running, cycling, swimming and eliptical training, with the data plugged into Garmin's Connect app without you having to lift a finger - pretty much the opposite effect a fitness tracker should have, but perfect for anyone looking to get into shape without getting wrapped up in metrics and workout reports.
A backlit display shows calories burned, steps walked and the intensity of your current workout, which could give it an edge over FitBits and JawBones that don't have screens. The whopping one year-long battery life means you can wear it 24/7, and it's waterproof down to 50m so you can take it into the pool as well as the shower.
Idol 4 and 4S
Alcatel used MWC to launch a flagship effort to sway VR-eager phone buyers: the Idol 4S and the lower-specced Idol 4. In fact, both are packaged with a Cardboard-compatible viewer to get you started right away. The 5.5-inch Idol 4S features a QHD AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, while the smaller 5.2in Idol 4 has a Full HD model with a 1080 x 1920 resolution.
Both phones are powered by variants of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, paired with 3GB RAM for speedy multitasking. If you do pick up an Idol for its VR capabilities, you'll want to go for the 4S with its 3000 mAh battery, as the 4 has a smaller 2610 mAh capacity.