GITEX Technology Week Day 1: Drones, Robots and VR Key to the Connected Future of the Internet




The annual GITEX Technology Week, currently in its 35th edition, got underway yesterday at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai with tens of thousands of exhibitors showcasing their wares to the over 150,000 people expected to attend the week long exhibition.

On display is everything from nascent technology like the Internet of Things connected devices to enterprise software that has been in use for several decades now. Exhibitors range from big corporations providing consumer tech, network infrastructure and enterprise solutions in cloud and mobility like Oracle, Google, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Huawei and others to startups in fields like robotics.

This year’s theme is The Internet Future of Everything and it is well demonstrated in the sessions and showcases that took place on Day 1 of the GITEX Technology Week.

The most notable displays of the day were from fields like virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and robotics. These were also the recurring topics of discussions.

Some of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being showcased are from Yuneec Europe and Shenzhen-based Dji.
Some of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being showcased are from Yuneec Europe and Shenzhen-based Dji.

Dji’s drone lineup consists of the Phantom 3, the Inspire 1, the Osmo and several other task-specific drones. With high-resolution cameras capable of capturing full HD and 4K video in wide angle in at least under 20 minutes, the future photographer either has a handy companion or is in for trouble.

Yuneec’s solutions also have the onboard cameras as key with focus being on aerial and ground imaging. One of Yuneec’s drones, the Tornado H920, runs on the Android operating system and can be controlled by just about anyone from a 7-inch touch screen.

GITEX Technology Week enters its second day today and we’ll bring you more highlights from the various sessions taking place too.


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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.