Monday, 02 March 2015 23:42

Stop the MWC show! Mobile devices and apps galore Featured


The first pre-event event at Mobile World Congress was ‘Showstoppers’, where a few dozen vendors put on a taster for the press. Some of the products on display:

The following is a lightly edited (i.e. still full of vendor hype) version of the PR blurb from some of the vendors at Show Stoppers. We have stripped out some of the adjectives and more outrageous claims, but it’s worth a scan to see the flavour of what’s on offer at MWC.


QindredCam: a world first wearable camera with built-in intelligence, along with a cloud service to help you capture, curate, edit, and share your videos and photos. All you have to do is clip it on your shirt or wear it around your neck. Unlike other wearables on the market, the QindredCam captures photos and videos using an array of sensors and intelligent software all aimed to help you capture photos only when it matters.


Acronis Access and TrueImage 2015 for Mac and PC. Powered by the AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers file access and sharing as well as backups of all files, applications and OS across any environment-virtual, physical, cloud and mobile.


Your voice is the key with KIVOX Mobile, the only FIDO Ready on-device secure speaker verification solution that allows you to speak ‘naturally’ to unlock your KIVOX-enabled smart devices and securely use your most important apps.

ALK Technologies / CoPilot

Mobile navigation technology running on four different platforms – iOS, Android, WP8 and Fire OS.

Avenir Telecom

Energizer Hard Case mobile range: They contain all the essential functions and qualities that can be expected on this range: waterproof, dustproof, drop test and long-life battery.


M-D: a pocket-sized health monitor. The first medical device for home use that allows the user to run five fundamental medical tests at once — ECG, blood pressure, oxygen level, heart rate and body temperature.

AMIGO: a smart tracking watch for kids that provides peace of mind for both the kids and their parents. The watch encourages excellence, physical activity and independence in children through unique two-way messaging system. Supported by a user friendly Family App.


Home networking, security and automation products. D-Link revealed a new range of smart home Wi-Fi and Z-Wave products and a home hub that allows Z Wave and Wi Fi connected devices to co-exist on a network and talk to each other.


EmporiaSMART, a smartphone that enables the users to be ‘smart on their own terms’. The hardware and user interface is designed to meet seniors’ needs when it comes to touchscreens, making it the easiest to use smartphone around.

G Data

Secure Messaging app — available first for Android devices. G DATA SECURE CHAT offers highly secure, multiple-encrypted text and chat communication – and also guarantees the secure exchange of media files such as photos. G DATA relies on the secure Axolotl protocol that was initiated by TextSecure and already has over 10 million users worldwide.


Live video messaging app marries the convenience of texting with the richness of video to bring people closer together. Glide plans to enable live video messaging experiences for leading smartwatch platforms, such as Android Wear and the Apple Watch.


IsatHub is Inmarsat’s new smart device connectivity service — gives your smart phone or tablet 3G connectivity whenever and wherever you need it. Accessed through a terminal about the size and weight of a paperback book


Introducing smartphone technology to electric toothbrushes at MWC in 2014. T Oral-B continues to set the pace of innovation by advancing the user experience of the SmartSeries with Bluetooth connectivity and enhancing personalisation via ‘Dental Care Journeys’.

Parallels Access

Mobile app for accessing everything on your PCs and Macs from anywhere – via iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and computer-to-computer. Parallels Access lets you use tens of thousands of full-featured PC and Mac applications, including your company’s proprietary business apps, which will never be ported to mobile, and gives you the ability to edit all of your remote Windows and OS X files from anywhere.


Plex organises your video, music, and photos and streams them to all of your devices.


Named one of Time Magazine’s Top Ten gadgets of 2014, the Ring Video Doorbell is the world’s first battery-operated, Wi-Fi-enabled, HD video doorbell. The device enables homeowners to see and speak with their visitors by streaming live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to the free iOS or Android app.


The ‘world’s first super smartphone’, the Saygus V2. 13 megapixel front facing camera with OIS (for the best selfies ever), 21 megapixel back facing camera with OIS, Wireless HD, Harman Kardon speakers and 3D audio, 320 GB memory capacity (with two micro SD slots), excellent battery power, edge-to-edge display, and it’s fully waterproof.


Energy efficient LED lamps for business customers and consumers. Sengled offers LED lamps with integrated quality audio streaming (Sengled Pulse) or additional Wi-Fi repeater (Sengled Boost).


“Eye-catching … Must-see … Productivity Heaven … Edgy … Bad-ass.” These are just some of the words people used to describe TREWGrip when they saw and held a prototype for the first time last year at MWC. This year, TREWGrip showcases a first article sample of its handheld keyboard, air mouse and game controller.


Data roaming services. ‘Never again worry about finding a secure Wi-Fi connection or exceeding your international cellular data limits. Let us take care of your global connectivity so you’ll be able to focus on your business.’


Creators of the Freestyle Mobile Experience, Yezz provides unlocked devices, giving consumer the freedom of choice in designing their own mobile lifestyle. Yezz generates smartphones under three operating systems: Android, Windows, and Firefox.


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.



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