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Dubai’s Gitex Technology Week brings “Experience Future Urbanism”

Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the 38th edition of Gitex Technology Week event opened to business professionals. Key focus of this year’s, the 38th Gitex Technology Week, comes under the tagline “Experience Future Urbanism”, and include: Artificial intelligence (AI), 5G & robotics, Virtual and augmented reality. The five-day was inaugurated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council along with other diginatries. More than 200 government entities are taking part and out of that, 80 per cent are from the UAE. They showcasing their latest technological knowhow and live projects at their stands.

Meet ‘eotronico: the robot musician
Teotronico has 19 fingers allowing for rapid movement along the keys. The robo-maestro can play the piano faster than the average human, while singing and playing the drums at the same time. Teotronico is the brainchild of Italian Matteo Suzzi. There’s an artificial intelligence behind Teotronico allowing the robot to recognise sudden key changes and alterations in tones.

Humanless Shopping Experience
A new solution for unmanned shopping is getting more attention this week at Gitex 2018. Unmanned stores have virtually no employees and can, in theory, offer goods at lower prices. They also allow customers to skip the usual checkout process. Unmanned stores are becoming a significant part of offline retail industry in Asia, driven by Tencent, and in the US, pushed by Amazon, which announced a new grocery store concept that promised customers a human-less shopping experience.

Experience ‘smart tunnel’ immigration system
One could also experience the “Smart Tunnel” system at Gitex. The sysem is fitted with face recognition technology, a biometric system that allows passengers to just walk through the “tunnel” without the need to show their passport or ID — and complete entry procedure within 10 seconds.

Police Patrolling with AI
This police patrol car can read your face: Dubai Police is showcasing how an advanced police patrol vehicle, called ‘Ghayath’, can read your face and car plate, too. The 4×4 vehicle is fitted with latest Artificial Intelligence gear, with eight computer screens inside and eight CCTV AI cameras.

Driverless taxi explained
The self-driving cab is part of a series of smart techonology intiatives the agency has unveiled at Gitex Techology Week. An official of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) explained to visitors who it worked.

‘Virtual Flying’
Etisalat is showcasing Pop.Up next and Rinspeed Oasis concept cars, Robomart: self-driving grocery store experience, digital health and education experience, humanoid robots – Sophia, Han and Melvin, Robotic pharmacy experience, smart living and VR flying jet experience.

Apple’s eSim
Apple’s eSim technology for iPhones will be available on both Du and Etisalat’s network by the end of October. The announcement was made on the opening day of the 38th Gitex Technology Week. eSim technology allows mobile devices to connect directly to a telecommunication networks without having to buy the plastic sim card that is standard in most phones.

More than 4,000 exhibitors and 750 start-ups from over 175 countries are converging into Dubai to take part in twin tech expos — Gitex Technology Week and Gitex Future Stars.

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