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When the new decade was set to start, we couldn’t even expect that it would bring such challenges. It would be very inappropriate to state that there is any corner of the planet that didn’t feel any changes in its existing system. All tech events of 2020 were postponed or canceled, with barely an exception – CES 2020 was the lucky one. Every follow-up article or report about another cancellation was like a stab in our hearts. Press F to pay respect to every event in this list:

It’s only a minor part of all events that have faced the firm arm of the coronavirus outbreak. However, don’t burst into tears, because of the spoiled year we can still speculate on how the system will accommodate the current challenge. 

The cancellation party started at Mobile World Congress 2020 — the center of all smartphone news, releases, and tasty details we like so much. Still, without the biggest mobile show, we’ve got all the releases we were waiting so long for.  

Smartphone production didn’t freeze at all so we, consumers, have been able to enjoy new models of our beloved phones. I can’t deny that there weren’t any difficulties connected with transportation of details or products, but we’ve had everything almost on time.

In my humble opinion, this pandemic will bring major changes to the tech world that we will see in the future. Right before we can fall into dreams and imagine how life might be, we should refresh how it was before the pandemic.

GITEX 2019

The conference is still on the go in 2020, and it will happen online 6-9th of December. The event covers all tech changes within the Middle Eastern and North African regions. Though the event will be in an online format, we want to recollect all the wonderful things we saw in 2019. 

Virgin Hyperloop One

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I don’t want to sound tedious as hell, but the future of transport is here in a pipe. The Virgin Hyperloop is somewhere between a high-speed train and the subway. A pill glides in a long pipe, with the help of no-contact electromagnetic levitation. The system produces magnetic flux, increasing electromagnetic force, and lowering energy consumption. As a result, the system can deliver passengers or some cargo pods at speeds of over 1000km/h. Expected to become commercially viable by 2027-8, visitors were able to get more of an understanding of the concept by stepping into a passenger pod prototype. 

HTC Vive Cosmos

Our team had the opportunity to try out the first HTC Vive Cosmos at Gitex 2019. It’s a VR headset that has six camera sensors, crystal-clear graphics, and high-quality audio to provide better control over the process. The headset has got a 90Hz refresh rate with 2880×1700 resolution. The maximum field of view is 110 degrees, yet sensors won’t allow you to bump into a wall with the help of Base Station tracking software. You can check our review right here, while we move on.

A motorbike helicopter

This thing has somehow left sci-fi films and appeared in our dimension. It’s a hybrid vehicle that has got everything from the common motorbike but its gorgeous size hint that nothing is so simple. This bike has also got four plane turbines, but a little smaller. When in flight, the bike generates more than 530lbs of thrust, pretty astounding for a bike that weighs in at less than 309lbs. Previous incarnations of the prototype have used a 470-horsepower Maserati engine and added jet turbines into each wheel.  

What to expect in the future 

To begin with, Dubai is a highly technological country. It’s a place where innovations feel comfortable in the post-dessert world. When we’re talking about future predictions, we should take into consideration not only the bright gadgets but also the social aspect. Dubai’s government has announced its ambition to go completely paper-free by the end of the year 2021. We’ve seen a lot of software projects aiming to get ready to remove over-consumption of paper. In 2021 we can expect to see some new paths to achieve such an ambitious plan. My inner eco-child is so curious about that. 

СES 2020

It’s the biggest annual tech event, happening in the hottest place in North America, Nevada in Las Vegas. CES 2020 is so big that every person present could satisfy his or her peculiar preferences. It’s easier to draw an encompassing horizontal line and say that all gadgets are magnificent than simply count each of them. But, some of the gadgets are too good to simply ignore them. 

Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR

It’s the concept car inspired by James Cameron’s iconic film – Avatar. It’s unique in its sci-fi unrealistic philosophy. Such futuristic design regrets the existence of two different notions –  interior and exterior because they’re mashed up in the one world creating a separate notion of design. 

The core idea is to unite the car and its driver through some biological rhythms. With its four high-performance and near-wheel-built electric motors, the VISION AVTR embodies a particularly agile implementation of the vision of a dynamic luxury sedan.

The VISION AVTR sets a new benchmark in car construction with its engine power of more than 350kW. 

The revolutionary battery technology is based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry and thus completely eliminates rare, toxic, and expensive rare-earths such as metals.

Neon

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I like to say this phrase: “I am not Nostradamus but some shit is going to happen.” My optimistic introduction for Neon. 

Neon is the company under the parental wing of Samsung that develops virtual assistants for B2B clients. Actually, the company itself couldn’t explain in what sphere they see their innovation, but it seems that it’s not only in consulting.

Neon’s Behaviour Neural Network was trained by human data, inevitably learning human gestures, movements, and facial expressions. That’s why the virtual assistant can demonstrate independent emotions. The CORE R3 engine that stands behind all actions the Neon will do is a combination of three notions: reality, realtime, and responsiveness. In easy words, it’s an AI algorithm that produces original realities instantly.

Dell Alienware Concept UFO

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The ambitious project from Dell that will not see the world. Dell demonstrated their vision of a portable gaming console with the Intel-powered Alienware Concept UFO. This portable console is actually a portable PC that looks exactly like the Nintendo Switch. It’s got an 8-inch display, detachable controllers, and can support some additional hardware such as a mouse or keyboard. The concept is still pretty rough, but to my mind, it deserves a chance to exist.

Joué Music Instrument

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Joué’s Music Instrument is a MIDI controller that’s like a coffee 3-in-1. The controller has got several swappable pads that you can change in order to get other instruments. The choice correlates between beat pads, piano keys, and an improvised guitar neck. You can also connect your tablet to this music instrument and launch a special app so you can manipulate music through your gadget.

What to expect in the future

Well, it’s complicated to predict, but I know that I want to see more green solutions because, without considering the pandemic, our world still suffers from an eco-crisis. That is why there’ll possibly be more green gadgets such as smart home devices that can help to sort trash. 

IFA 2020

It’s the only event from the list that has been in a virtual format. IFA 2020 has been a bunch of conferences where tech developers have shown off their lit gadgets.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

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It’s the second attempt third attempt to harness the folding glass technology. It’s the second generation of the company’s line of folding smartphones. The market for folding phones is very raw and untamed; that is why Samsung is trying to hold its position there so hard.

The phone’s got some common specs, but it’s truly better than the Samsung Fold 1. The 7.60”-inch display can handle a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+. There are four cameras on the phone: a main camera with 12MP, f/1.8, telephoto 12MP sensor and a f/2.4, a wide-angle 12MP sensor plus a front camera with 10MP and f/2.2. The battery capacity is 4500mAh, and it supports fast charging and wireless charging. 

The telephone isn’t cheap, you can literally feel this price tag in the air – $2000.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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I express warm feelings to the Yoga line because I’m fond of this laptop-tablet hybrid. The Lenovo Yoga 9i is the top-spec laptop in the line, that provides the best premium feeling with its updated keyboard and a massive touchpad. The Yoga 9i is available in two options 14- and 15.6-inch, which are powered by 10th-gen Intel Core i9 HK-series processor and discrete Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, plus up to 16GB of memory and 2TB SSD storage. 

What to expect in the future

IFA 2021 is very far far away in comparison with other events. I can confidently say that I expect to hear some news on project Athena from Intel and their collaboration with other brands, especially Dell and Lenovo. 

Besides, autumn is a period when Apple used to show off their gadgets, and as a good habit, Samsung does this earlier. For the next IFA in 2021, there should probably be more information about Samsung’s smart home line as well as some new smartphones.

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