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5G, AI gadgets drawing attention at tech expo

Glasses offering mixed reality content, dancing ox robots, a robot that makes coffee and a panoramic camera for sports broadcasts are drawing attention at the ongoing Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021, Asia’s biggest telecommunications show.

Improvements to 5G and artificial intelligence technologies have created applications and services beyond the traditional telecommunications and smartphone industry, boosting the digital economy and improving people’s daily lives, industry officials said at the three-day event, which opened on Tuesday.

Beijing-based startup Nreal displayed its mixed reality glasses at its booth which it says offer a superior immersive experience. The augmented reality glasses can be used in various industries, it said.

Nreal plans to accelerate global expansion this year with new services and products for the European and United States markets along with new partners. Its current partners include KDDI.

AR glasses developed by mobile giant Oppo and panoramic cameras are on display at a “skiing” experience with 5G network support.

Two dancing red ox robots welcome visitors the ZTE booth. They also performed at the Spring Festival Gala.

The robots, supported by 5G connections, combine the technical advantages of the 5G network’s high bandwidth and low latency to achieve precise manipulation and control of the four-legged devices.

Coffee master

The robots can be used for all-terrain security inspections, such as at, oil, gas, chemical and nuclear plants and other special complex scenarios. They can transmit video, images, temperature, humidity and other information via 5G. They will also be used in schools, logistic centers and for remote medical services, ZTE said.

A star of the show was a 5G-version Orionstar coffee master with qualcomm-designed chips, which shows its coffee-making skills.

The robot barista guarantees a refined taste in every cup, according to developer Cheetah Mobile. It has a similar Tea Master product and its guiding robots are used in 1,100 shopping malls in China.


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