1st March 2024

Weekly Prompt: Mobile World Congress highlights and other news

Highlights from MWC Barcelona 2024

This week, Barcelona hosted the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the premier event for the mobile technology ecosystem. With the theme "Future First," MWC delved into addressing present and future challenges across six subthemes: 5G and Beyond, Connecting Everything, Humanizing AI, Manufacturing DX, Game Changers, and Our Digital DNA.

The event also served as a platform for unveiling the latest products, ranging from smartphones, laptops, and wearables to futuristic concept devices, offering a glimpse into what might be to come.

Motorola showcased a wearable phone concept—a bendable device that curves on itself and can be worn like a bracelet when not in use. Honor announced the international launch of its flagship Magic 6 Pro phone, packed with the power of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and infused with AI capabilities.

In terms of wearables, a standout feature was Samsung's Galaxy Ring, a smart ring focusing on health and wellness features alongside AI capabilities, signalling a new direction for the smart wearable market. Although the model showcased at MWC was a prototype, an official launch is scheduled for later this year, generating significant excitement in Barcelona. Additionally, Humane’s laser beaming wearable AI Pin captured attention, allowing people outside the USA to experience the polarizing gadget firsthand.

Lenovo's Project Crystal presented a see-through laptop concept with a transparent micro-LED display and keyboard, which Lenovo believes lends itself to multimodal AI processing.

Some of the quirkier items on display included a game-integrated robotic lawn mower, enabling users to play Doom while mowing their lawns, a ChatGPT-powered grandchild doll acting as a surrogate companion for the elderly, and a concept phone operating without the need for apps.

Sources: Cnet, Wired, The Verge, ZDNET

Additional Prompts

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Spotify is rolling out a new feature called Song Psychic that will allow users to ask Spotify questions and get answers in the form of music. The addition builds on the success of Spotify’s personalized, year-end review called Wrapped, which offers ways of turning Spotify’s music data into insights designed for social sharing. Read more

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