VR, AR and Exoskeleton demos lined up

Friday 31 Jan 2020

MobileTECH Ag 2020 has a bunch of new toys for primary sector delegates to demo at the upcoming event. Next-generation user-interfaces, exoskeletons and more will all be demonstrated in front of over 300 primary sector leaders, developers and early adopters.

“This event is a chance for the agritech community to check out a new range of devices that are aiming to bridge the gap between the digital world and the physical one,” said Ken Wilson, the Event Manager at Innovatek.

It is not a secret that real-time digital information is becoming an important tool for business and that agriculture, horticulture and forestry, the backbone for New Zealand’s economic growth, is investing heavily in digital technologies. New Zealand has always been a testbed for new innovations and the primary sector was one of the first to introduce digital farm management systems and they jumped at the potential of drones as a productivity tool.

Last year the New Zealand Government released the report, From the Knowledge Wave to the Digital Age, where worker productivity was highlighted as one of the key challenges in capitalising on the fourth industrial revolution. While real GDP per capita has been improving, NZ lags behind countries like Australia, Denmark and Sweden in productivity performance.

In an age where AI, machine learning and big data are king, it is refreshing to see new innovations that are designed to empower the worker, not replace them. Wearable technologies are now aiming to make working with data in the real world more accessible, useful and connected than ever before. The idea here is to increase worker productivity through technology, but make people central to the task at hand.

This is why MobileTECH Ag 2020 will have a number of different technologies on show including for the first time, Suit-X, a wearable exoskeleton (already successfully trialled with New Zealand’s Meat Industry Association and WorkSafe NZ) and immersive technologies like the Realwear headset, a small head-mounted tablet that uses voice recognition to operate in hands-free and rugged working environments. The opportunities in both the manufacturing environment and out in the forest are significant.

Look for all these technologies and more at MobileTECH Ag 2020. Details on the programme are available online. This agritech event runs on 7-8 April 2020 in Rotorua, New Zealand. Further details can be found on the event website, www.mobiletech.events. Remember, if keen on attending, discounted early-bird registrations FINISH next week on Friday 7 February.

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