LG recently took to the stage during MWC 2016, where they introduced their LG G5 flagship smartphone along with many accessories. The G5 features a modular design itself, so many accessories can be attached to its bottom. Yet, other accessories like the 360 Cam or the Rolling Bot are controlled wirelessly with the smartphone, so it is clear that LG is focusing on the interoperability between all of these devices. Now, LG Uplus, a South Korean cellular carrier owned by LG, has announced a few smart-home products to further increase connectivity around their new devices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the true star of this year’s MWC show in Barcelona. How can enterprises take advantage of the connected life, what changes will intelligent sensing bring, where and when will de facto standards and methodologies emerge, and which apps and IoT developments are set for success are some of the questions that have pervaded a bunch of sessions at the show. The IoT is beginning to shake off its ’emerging tech’ label, yet there are significant challenges ahead. Is the future really IoT-centric?
For Alicia Asín, CEO and co-Founder at Libelium, a company that makes an open source IoT sensor aimed at M2M and smart cities, the possibilities of IoT are clear: “by 2050, the world will be full of sensors and it will be possible to integrate them to any communication protocol,” she told an MWC session on IoT.
Consumer gadget enthusiasts might have fawned over the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Huawei Watch at Mobile World Congress, but if you are an internet of things geek, the most interesting device at MWC was probably at the other end of the Fira Gran Via at Sigfox’s booth. The French startup, which is trying to build a global wireless network solely for the internet of things, was showing off a pill-shaped device it designed to let IoT developers test out its network.
Xiaomi, one of the few Chinese smartphone companies that have managed to gain international praise for their cheap, yet high-end smartphones, is not just a company that makes phones. Xiaomi demonstrated that today at the MWC 2015 show, where it showed off new smart home products, created around Marvell’s new chipset designed specifically for IoT. The motto of Marvell is Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle, which Xiaomi tries to take to the next level with a new smart air purifier and a smart hub. Besides cementing its position in the home automation industry, Xiaomi also ventured into a completely new market at the MWC 2015 today. The Chinese company launched a new action camera that aims to rival with a market dominated by GoPro.