The 37th GITEX Technology Week kicked off in Dubai setting the tone for the future trends we should expect in technology. Digital transformation was the buzz word companies and governments talked about to bring about smart city solutions.
At GITEX, around 4,000 exhibitors displayed technology innovations, from artificial intelligence, AI, innovative AI robotics, blockchain and AR/VR, that offer solutions to problems in our daily lives and transform businesses around the world.
Various robots were displayed at GITEX in varying capabilities. There is one, Sanbot humanoid robot, recently entered the UAE market hoping to transform people’s lifestyles. SANBOT can be a housekeeper that no only cleans but also tutor kids in homework and act as a surveillance and protect the house from burglars. Outside the home, it can work in cashiers or sales assistant. The robot’s 360-degree Wrap-Around technology, utilizes over 60 sensors and a 3D camera that can read humans’ gestures. It charges itself once it’s run out of battery.
Several solutions were displayed that will change shoppers’ experience in the future.
Augmented reality technology helps in choosing your favorite design on your shoes, clothes and merchandise.
Display solutions, such as Panasonic’s Transparent Screen, can display visual content such as a store’s merchandise while shoppers walk by. A clothing item has information displayed such as colors and sizes availability. This can also boost advertisement opportunities, according to Panasonic exhibitors.
Robotics technology is also applied to contribute to retail service. QIHAN Technology, the manufacturer of Sanbot robot, made the strategy of “Sanbot plus various industries” and developed one innovative solution for commercial chain. The programmable humanoid robot performs various services including remote shop-keeping, product introduction, sales promotion, customer reception, sales exhibition and interactive entertainment, etc. Online payment and order and luck draw are new to shoppers through a robot.
3-D printing can reduce costs of material and labor by up to 90% and can do wonders in various industries. In retail, a 3-D printer that prints a model of one’s torso and projects potential outfits.