Robot dogs and flying cars: mobile gadgets highlighted at MWC 2024


Tech companies showcased countless connected gadgets at the world’s biggest wireless telecommunications show, the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 in Barcelona, ​​which ends Thursday.

Here is a selection of highlights:

The “first” flying car in the world

American company Alef Aeronautics has presented to the public for the first time a working model of what it claims to be the world’s first true flying car.

“It drives like a car, looks like a car and has a vertical takeoff,” said Jim Dukhovny, the company’s president and CEO.

The electric car received special airworthiness certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The current prototype can carry two people for a distance of up to around 170 kilometers and the company plans to begin production of a final version in late 2025.

The company has already received nearly 3,000 pre-orders for the car, which sold for $300,000.

Robot dog

Chinese company Tecno Mobile has introduced a German Shepherd-inspired robot dog that uses AI and powerful sensors to understand voice commands and perform realistic actions such as bowing, shaking hands and climbing stairs.

The robot – dubbed “Dynamic 1” – can also be controlled by a smartphone app, and it aims to deliver the “joy of pet ownership” without the hassle.

Transparent laptop

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has demonstrated a prototype laptop with a 17.3-inch transparent glass display that offers “a completely transparent, borderless viewing experience.”

Instead of a traditional keyboard, it has a touch surface onto which keys can be projected or you can use a special stylus to draw on the screen. The company has not announced a release date for the product.

The transparency of the screen can be adjusted so that everyone passing by can’t always see what you’re doing.

“The transparent screen only existed in futuristic movies, maybe in AR glasses. As we can see, this is only a thing of the past,” said Aiguo Zheng, executive director of Lenovo.

AI-powered companion doll

With her fabric body, her floral blouse and her brown hair, Hyodol has everything the look of a child’s doll. But Hyodol, made by a South Korean company of the same name, is aimed at seniors.

Equipped with AI-based sensors and microprocessors, it can play songs, remind elderly people with a voice message to take their medication, and notify its user’s guardian when no movement is detected for a certain period of time. time.

Standing 35 centimeters (14 inches) tall, the doll is designed to speak when touched by the user and in accordance with customizable time settings such as meal times.

“We are committed to empowering older adults to live independently while remaining connected to their community and loved ones,” the company said.

Voice converter for impaired people

Dutch startup Whispp has introduced a calling app that uses AI technology to mask speech impediments due to conditions such as throat cancer, stroke or even stuttering in the voice naturalness of the user in real time.

Unlike other solutions for people with voice disorders that convert speech to text, the app allows the user to talk to anyone they want on their phone or laptop and maintain a conversation flow natural, while sounding like his own healthy voice.

“We really help people who have lost their voice find their voice,” said Joris Castermans, co-founder and CEO of Whispp, adding that he hopes the app will one day be on every smartphone “to make the more inclusive world.

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