Last week, more than 100,000 people attended the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The exhibition was spread out over eight floors, with moving walkways helping people move quickly from one hall to another.
The exhibition, which in 1987 began showcasing cellphones and Internet providers, has now expanded to dozens of carriers, content providers, app stores, enterprises and users.
LG, Huawei and Sony displayed phones that were faster, had better cameras and were more resistant to water and sand than ever before.
Apple, of course, succeeded in creating a buzz with new items, and Samsung claims that its new model, which is slated to come out later this month, is fire resistant. And BlackBerry is still insisting on using a keyboard.
More than 65 Israeli companies participated in the exhibition, including Alango Technologies, whose products improve the quality of voice communication and audio experience, such as hands-free car kits and systems, Bluetooth communication headsets, mobile and cordless phones, high-end audio/ video conferencing systems, intercom systems, laptops, office speakerphones, tablets and hearing and speech-recognition enhancement devices.
One of their apps enables users to transfer sounds such as human voices, alerts and sirens while blocking out unwanted noise and listening to music.
This makes it possible for people to remain aware of surrounding events, increase their self-confidence and improve their communication with people around them without having to take off their headset. No such technology has ever been created before.
BreezoMeter analyzes air-quality levels around the world, including on the street. Unlike the weather, air pollution changes from street to street and throughout the day due to changes in traffic, factory hours and special events. BreezoMeter employs big data and machine learning to deliver accurate local information in real time.
The company collects data of contaminants from monitoring stations, meteorology and satellites, cross references it with innovative algorithms and then provides precise data on the quality of the air we breathe. This information can be viewed in more than 50 million devices worldwide, including cellphones, home air purifiers, air-conditioning units, cars and even cosmetics.
Neema is an Israeli start-up that enables people who don’t have a bank account to make money transfers. In Israel, this service generally helps foreign workers send money to their families overseas. This is a service that can be helpful in many areas around the world, though, and not just in Israel.
Most banks charge about 8%-10% to transfer funds to family members.
EyeSight provides new Embedded Computer Vision Solutions for smart homes, cars, VR and mobile devices.
Its new device, Singlecue, combines proprietary computer vision software and complementary hardware for a complete touch-free experience in the home. It lets you control all household devices in a single interface that is activated by facial analysis and sensing and gesture-recognition technology.
Humavox is a new Israeli start-up with groundbreaking technology in the field of wireless charging. Based on radio frequency (RF), Humavox offers end users a simple and intuitive experience, something that is important in this era in which everyone has multiple devices. Using the Eterna highly accessible wireless charging platform, end users can charge even the smallest devices, such as hearing aids, biomedical sensors, smartwatches and other wearable devices.
Kwik enables people to reorder products and services at the push of a button.
It is helpful for acquiring items you need to purchase on a regular basis, such as pizza, diapers, dog food and coffee capsules.
There is a physical Internet of Things button that connects you with the digital platform and lets you order straight from manufacturers.
Simgo’s Virtual SIM (vSIM) technology unifies all cellular networks into one global network. It connects users with a wide range of cellular providers and connects with the best one, taking into account coverage and pricing. The vSIM platform also localizes all calls, extends domestic coverage and enables customers to manage mobile identities and numbers in real time.
Insert uses segmentation, based on demographics, usage and activity, to provide the most personalized user experience. It empowers marketers to design, test, publish and manage performance of in-app campaigns within minutes and without code or waiting for the next app-store approval.
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Translated by Hannah Hochner.