March of the ma­chines

Ro­bots, AI and drones dom­i­nate tech sum­mit

7 Days in Dubai - - GITEX TECH WEEK - By Veathika Jain @veathika

Whether it’s a palm swipe to pay for a cof­fee or a 3D-doo­dler that prints what your child draws, GI­TEX Tech­nol­ogy Week’s of­fers glimpse of the fu­ture for con­sumers and busi­nesses alike.

All the lat­est gad­gets and giz­mos are on dis­play for what is one of Dubai World Trade Cen­tre’s largest events of the year.

The hu­manoid ro­bots were present at vir­tu­ally ev­ery stand, but tech­nol­ogy to make the lives of the av­er­age con­sumer faster and eas­ier was one of the key themes.

Visa is show­cas­ing a pay­ment sys­tem that al­lows cus­tomers to pay for goods by scan­ning their palm to ac­cess their bank ac­count.

John McGuire, VP for In­no­va­tion and Strate­gic Part­ner­ships for Visa in the CEMEA re­gion, said: “Fu­ture ATMs will not need any cards or PIN num- bers. It will all be based on your bio- met­rics and/or retina scan.

“Our ATM pro­to­type has a palm scan that pro­vides en­hanced se­cu­rity for all ATM trans­ac­tions.

“Be it su­per­mar­kets, banks, restau­rants or on­line shop­ping, bio­met­rics will soon be used for all trans­ac­tions.”

Also on dis­play is a range of ‘wall­pa­per’ or­ganic light- emit­ting diode (OLED) sig­nage, which looks like a su­per-thin tele­vi­sion beam­ing ad­verts and dis­plays. The glass is as thin as a credit card and is fixed to the wall with a mag­netic strip. Au­dai Al­taie, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of B2B Sales at LG Elec­tron­ics, said: “A lot of re­tail spaces here don’t have space and walls, they have gyp­sum walls that need wooden or metal sup­port to put up a 55inch screen. This one you can stick on any type of wall.” 3D print­ing con­tin­ues to be a buzz­word for 2016. A new 3D Doo­dler for kids and adults helps with cre­ative pur­suits. Mon­thar Atari, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at Pre­cise Group, said: “The Doo­dler is very unique. It prints or rather cre­ates your sketches or draw­ings in 3D. It’s great for kids as we have dif­fer­ent packs where they can make Lego blocks or do sub­ject re­lated stuff like physics, maths and arts.” GI­TEX runs un­til Thurs­day.

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