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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Top five gadgets and attractions to see at Gitex Technology Week 2018

Designers seize opportunity to put latest technology on display at Dubai conference

The KR10 Production Technology robot system was taking on humans in a dart contest to show accuracy and repetition in robotic technology at Gitex. The National
The KR10 Production Technology robot system was taking on humans in a dart contest to show accuracy and repetition in robotic technology at Gitex. The National

Intel Track Systems.

This personal shopping assistant is designed to take away the pain of getting lost inside shopping malls.

A satellite tracking device attached to a regular shopping cart can guide buyers towards stores within huge malls.

Guidance is accurate to within 3-5cm rather than the usual 3-5 metres of current GPS navigation systems.

The software allows retailers to guide shoppers towards special offers, and remembers previous retail choices to recommend potential purchases.

Shoppers can pay for all goods via an in-built app, without the need for cash.

IntelTrack's smart cart at Gitex. Reem Mohammed / The National   
IntelTrack's smart cart at Gitex. Reem Mohammed / The National   

KR10 Production Technology Robot System.

This Protec system uses robotic technology from German manufactures KUKA to demonstrate the accuracy of automation in manufacturing.

A robotic arm throws three darts at a dart board positioned 10 feet away and averages a score of 100 each time.

Although impressive, the technology has some way to go to beat the human record of an average score of 123.40 from three darts. That record was set by Dutch darts player Michael van Gerwen.

A robotic arm plays darts during Gitex Tech Week. Reem Mohammed / The National 
A robotic arm plays darts during Gitex Tech Week. Reem Mohammed / The National 

Tahaluf Smart Case.

This aims to end the pain and worry of losing luggage on a long-haul flight.

The technology has been in use across the UAE since July, securing the transport of high value goods like cash and jewellery.

The robust case can be locked and unlocked remotely via a secure, failsafe global satellite system.

Its owner can track its exact location, and the case can be programmed to only allow a specific person access to the contents using facial recognition software.

Battery life is currently around 11 hours, but designers say that is slowly improving.

More than 600 hundred cases are currently used by banks and security firms across the country.

At up to Dh6,000 the technology is not cheap. A more affordable version for the masses priced at around Dh1,500 is due to hit the market and could appeal to frequent travellers.

A smart suitcase on display in Tahaluf's booth at Gitex. Reem Mohammed / The National 
A smart suitcase on display in Tahaluf's booth at Gitex. Reem Mohammed / The National 

The Smart Police Station (SPS).

The SPS is one of the biggest talking points of day two at Gitex Technology Week.

The self-driving police station is an autonomous vehicle allowing Dubai residents the opportunity to pay their fines on board, rather than have to report to their local police station.

“Even though you can pay fines on our app, a lot of people still prefer to pay in cash and do not want to use credit cards,” said Essa Ibrahim Basaeed, head of technical studies section with Dubai Police.

“It can be in one section of Dubai in the morning and then travel to another section in the evening.”

Public trials are underway to see when the mobile police station could be rolled out in Dubai.

Dubai Police's self-driving police station at Gitex Tech Week. Reem Mohammed / The National 
Dubai Police's self-driving police station at Gitex Tech Week. Reem Mohammed / The National 

Amal Smart Glasses.

Designed for the visually impaired, this new technology can help users navigate around a busy city environment by offering voice commands.

It acts as a virtual assistant for the wearer, processing data such as weather forecasts, traffic information and meeting schedules in real time.

The glasses can also deliver obstacle warnings, facial recognition, currency prices and the latest prayer times, as well as assisting with navigation.

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