Sunday, 1 March 2015

Will the worlds biggest IT expo, CeBIT, reveal a robotic rescue worker, or a robotic furniture builder for your home, or a robotic hotel receptionist?

An Intelligent robot system for search and rescue operations called Hector, an industrial robot arm you can use at home to chop up your own designs of furniture, software and apps that can carry out every task of a hotel receptionist, and high speed broadband (Air-to-ground) technologies for passenger aircraft.

They’re all tipped to debut in two weeks at the world’s biggest IT computer expo, CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany.

Big announcements are expected from top Internet of Things companies, and online brands such as IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Alibaba and ZTE.

The companies will be under plenty of pressure to deliver, with strong interest and partnerships building in Internet of Things consortiums and projects.

Alibaba, the world’s leading company for online and mobile commerce, is expected to be the biggest drawcard at CeBIT, with its founder Jack Ma opening the event.

Deutsche Messe AG Board Member responsible for managing CeBIT, Oliver Frese said, “Jack Ma’s guest appearance isn’t just confirmation of the fair’s international standing – it also ensures an exciting and powerful launch for a successful event. By delivering the opening speech to 2,500 invited guests, the founder of Alibaba joins an exclusive list of high-profile industry speakers. In 2014, for instance, the fair was opened by Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG. The year before it was Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, and in 2012 it was Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, who presented his plans for the company to invited guests at the Hannover Congress Center”.

The most unorthodox launch from CeBIT may come from local German company GFT Group, which will use the event to showcase Robochop – an industrial robot arm to build furniture.

From the Robochop web app, users will be able to log in and claim one of the 50 x 50 x 50cm blocks for themselves, and then command the arm to slice and dice it into an object for their home. The designs that pop out of the machine, which uses a hot wire cutting tool, will range from abstract sculpture to anything from chairs to nightstands. Once completed, the transformed cubes will be packed up and sent to their creators.

The only Australian company to exhibit at CeBIT, LEAPIN Digital Keys will be launching a system of software, apps and smartlocks that perform all the same functionalities of a typical hotel receptionist. LEAPIN Digital Keys CEO, Steve Dunn said, “our product is not designed to replace hotel receptionists, but simply compliment them, such as being able to check-in guests after hours when reception desks in smaller hotels and resorts are often closed”.

LEAPIN Digital Keys apps and smartlocks
Using LEAPIN’s systems, you’ll be able to still book your hotel like you do now through your favorite Online Travel Agency such as Expedia, or at the hotel channels. Within 24 hours of your check-in, the hotel will email you instructions on how to locate your room, and your time-sensitive digital key (which only works for the duration of your booking) so you can bypass the reception desk and go straight to your room and open your room door with a digital key in your smartphone.  At check-out time the digital key will no longer work.

CeBIT will be held from March 16 to 20.

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