November 17, 2016


Web Summit wasn’t the only place last week where technology professionals gathered to explore the latest in technology, security and privacy, and intelligent transportation. In Munich, Germany, more than 73,000 attendees flocked to electronica, where industry giants including Qualcomm and Texas Instruments were joined by smaller start-ups and component manufacturers — all offering a glimpse into what the future may hold.

Billed as the “world’s leading trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications,” electronica touched upon the latest trends and advancements in embedded systems, cybersecurity and the IoT, among others.

High tech sneakers and kitchen appliances were joined by demonstrations of the latest advancements in automobile technologies. Renesas Electronics Corporation, which is one of the world’s main suppliers of automotive integrated circuits, had an electric sports car on display. Today, 80 percent of automotive innovations are being driven by microelectronics and software, according to conference organizers.

Car on display at electronica

Visitors to the IEEE booth were able to experience what the future may hold for augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), as opponents faced off in a power cube video game — a 3D version of the popular 80s game Tetris. Players were fitted with an Oculus Rift headset and found themselves immersed in the game, using an illuminated cube as the controller.

Since electronica is only held every two years, it will be interesting to see how much further these technologies will advance by electronica 2018…maybe they will be offering driverless cars for attendees to navigate from hall to hall.


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