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World Congress shows off your new favourite gadgets

Mark Furler

IF you think your house is already swimming with mobile devices, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Tech giants like Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm have unveiled a mind-boggling array of new gadgets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The event is the mobile phone industry's biggest gathering with more than 95,000 people checking out new products and prototypes from more than 2000 exhibitors.

LG arguably stole the show with its super bright "it's time to play" display.

The Korean giant launched its new G5 phone with a removable battery and super wide 135 degree camera.

But it's the line-up of accessories that go with it that has everyone talking.

They're called Friends and apparently the more you have, the happier you will be. You even have a 'Friends Manager' app on your phone to quickly connect and control them all.

Top of the range is the Rolling Bot, a ball-shaped drone that can take photos and video, chase your cat, tease it with a red laser light on the floor, or remotely control your TV and audio equipment.

It hooks up to your wireless network at home and can be controlled via your G5 from anywhere you have a connection.

The built-in camera can shoot 1080p video or 8-megapixel stills and it comes with  512MB of RAM, and a bundled 16GB microSD card. It is expected to sell for about $US500 later this year.

LG's range also includes a VR headset which is a lot slimmer and lighter than Samsung's Gear VR. There's also a new attachment to your phone for photography which includes easier controls and extra battery life. 

LG also unveiled a 360 degree camera and plug in module developed by Bang & Olufsen's to deliver high-end 32 bit DAC sound to your phone via a headset or your home stereo.

But when it comes to phones, Samsung's spectacular Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be hard to beat in 2016.

The S7 features one of the best cameras ever released with extreme low light capabilities and super quick focus.

The new Galaxy edge has a stunning curved display, better battery life, water and dust resistance and the return of the microSD card.

Samsung too has its own clever little ball which is designed to capture 360 degree vision from two 180 degree cameras shooting images up to 15 megapixels.

Its video capability is just shy of 4k quality.

What makes the Gear 360 particularly clever is the way you can 'stitch' images and video from the two cameras together - all on your Samsung smartphone.

You can even share it straight to a Gear Virtual Reality headset - or to others via 360 capabilities in Facebook and Youtube.

Samsung and Facebook see 2016 being the year of an explosion in virtual reality devices and 360 degree videos.

Those who order the S7 in the next couple of months will be given a Gear VR reality headset worth more than $150.

OTHER COOL STUFF WE CHECKED OUT

Sony Ear: Is a small Bluetooth device which sits in your ear and synced to your smartphone. It will read the news and weather to you, as well as SMS, Facebook and WhatsApp messages, while you are driving, walking or just at home.

It has 80 hours standby time, three hours talk time, voice to text, and a built in accelerometer. It weighs just 6.8 grams. There is no price yet.

Xperia agent: A bot that comes with its own built-in projector which can beam your own pictures, news, weather or traffic.

It has a speaker microphone and camera to allow video calls.  It will also help control your home devices.

Mark Furler travelled to Mobile World Congress as a guest of Samsung Australia

Topics:  editors picks games and gadgets mobile world congress


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