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THE GADGETS AND DE­VEL­OP­MENTS THE PRE­SEN­TERS AT PAUSE FES­TI­VAL ARE LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO TRANS­FORM­ING THEIR LIVES WITH *** WHO: KELSEY WHELAN, NET­FLIX PROD­UCT MAN­AGER WHAT: I’m ex­cited about cryp­tocur­rency, like Bit­coin. There have been ups and downs, but the idea of self-gov­ern­ing, dis­trib­uted sys­tems fas­ci­nates me and I think we’ll see a lot of mean­ing­ful in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity here in 2018. *** WHO: DR AMANTHA IMBER, FOUNDER OF INVENTIUM WHAT: I’m ex­cited to try Spire. It’s a wear­able de­vice that tracks your breath­ing and no­ti­fies you if you’re feel­ing stressed. I’m hop­ing it’s a way to keep me more mind­ful. *** WHO: CASSIE DE COLLING,

UKU360° DIREC­TOR AND FILM­MAKER WHAT: I’m in­ter­ested in Google Pixel Buds, ear­phones that can trans­late

40 lan­guages in real time. *** WHO: RITA ARRIGO, MI­CROSOFT CHIEF DIG­I­TAL AD­VISER WHAT: Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, mainly [the app] See­ing AI as Mi­crosoft is now work­ing with Pivot­head to bring vi­sion to the vis­ually im­paired. It’s life-chang­ing. *** WHO: JESS AND STEF DADON, HOW TWO LIVE FOUNDERS WHAT: Aug­mented re­al­ity is a mas­sive change that we’re re­ally ex­cited about, par­tic­u­larly for our on­line shoe la­bel Twoobs. Peo­ple will be able to put on a pair of glasses and “try on” the shoes from home. We’re also look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ments in voice-con­trolled shop­ping, so you can or­der any­thing just by talk­ing to your de­vice.

Pause Fest, a col­lab­o­ra­tive event for the cre­ative and tech in­dus­tries, will be held in Mel­bourne from Fe­bru­ary 7 to 11; pause­

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