UPDATED 12:29 EDT / FEBRUARY 26 2014

More intriguing concept designs showcased at MWC

ManageEngine headerMobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain will be over soon but that’s not stopping companies from announcing new services and even concept products that will intrigue consumers for months to come. We’ve been watching MWC for new device launches, from smartphones to smart watches. Here’s a few other notable announcements and products unveiled at MWC this week.


In answer to the rapid growth in mobile adoption in the enterprise market, real-time IT management company ManageEngine announced at MWC its 2014 roadmap for its desktop and mobile device management software.  Desktop Central will be enhanced with Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 support, Android containerization, content management and advanced integrations with OEM devices.

“Mobile technology has become synonymous with change,” said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management for ManageEngine.  “In response, we are we are constantly expanding the Desktop Central feature set to ensure we meet our customers’ evolving needs now and in the foreseeable future.  While not exhaustive, our 2014 roadmap reveals where we believe customers will need assistance with mobile over the course of the year and how we can best help them.

If you’re interested in trying out Desktop Central, you can try it here for free.


The Japanese company is big on concept technology at MWC.  Aside from its lifelogging camera concept, Sony also showcased its SmartEyeglass concept, its take on smart glasses.  The SmartEyeglass looks like sporty shades fitted with an accelerometer, compass, brightness sensor, embedded camera, microphone, and other hardware components that make is smarter than your average sunglasses.

Some may say it’s a Google Glass rip off, in a sense, yes, but though it’s a bit bulky, it looks closer to normal eyewear than Google Glass.  Another thing that sets the SmartEyeglass apart is that it has a separate controller with a touchpad, power, navigation, and camera buttons, so you don’t have to use your smartphone to control your smartglass.


Kyocera unveiled a number of concept devices at MWC that are out of this world.  For starters, there’s the safety bracelet intended for children so parents can monitor their kid’s whereabouts through GPS which also features an emergency button. Kyocera also unveiled an over-the-ear health monitor that looks like something the crew of the Enterprise would wear; a foldable tablet with a flexible screen, a smartphone with the screen extending to the side; a bezel-less, bendable smartphone; smartphones that are so small you can strap it on your wrist and wear it performing any activities, even water related ones; and even a transparent phone like the ones you see in the show Almost Human.

Many of these gadgets listed are still in their early phases of aesthetics and cultural adoption, so we expect an ongoing evolution for connected things in the years to come.

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