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The Week That Was: Consumer Tech (01/03/19)

1st March 2019

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Pet wearables take over MWC

This years’ Mobile World Congress manufacturers took the opportunity to show off the latest devices to connect pets wirelessly to their owners’ phones. Among them were location trackers, health sensors and a self-cleaning litter tray that can text the owner about Tiddles’s poop schedule. According to Global Market Insights, the pet wearables market will pass $8 billion by 2024, up from $1.85 billion in 2017!

The comeback cassette

One of 1990s favourite pastimes, the cassette, has officially made a comeback with sales last year up 125% on 2017. More than 50,000 cassette albums were bought in the UK with the likes of Ariana Grande and punk duo Sleaford Mods taking to tape.

The ‘wearable smartphone’ that’s not a smart watch…

Nubia’s new wearable smartphone was showcased at this years’ MWC. The wearable device has a flexible display, that you can navigate using air gestures and many publications have stated it is a ‘glimpse of the future’. It seems as though there is still some way to go with many commenting on the ‘clunky’ design.

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