The CeBit Australia Expo at Sydney Olympic Park brought together some of the best technology exhibitors from Australia and abroad who are looking at making their presence felt in the Australian technology scene. From electric cars, drones, soccer playing robots and wearables, here are our four best stalls from the expo.
The star and standout stall at the CeBit Australia Expo was undoubtedly the Tesla stand. Seeing this electric sports car in the flesh was something that is mostly reserved for car shows. The Tesla model on display is a four door sports coupe and was priced from $180,000 with plenty of options for customisation. Battery range is around 500km and it sprints from 0-100km/h in around 3 seconds. I asked Tesla spokesperson Heath Walker why would Australians be interested in a Tesla?
“Australians finally have a vehicle that is not only an electric vehicle that overcomes all the preconceived barriers, providing a no compromise compelling offer, but that also provides a unique and beneficial buying and ownership journey direct with the manufacturer in a no pressure environment.”
Unmanned drone manufacturer Maxaero had the Venture I drone on display at CeBit Australia Expo. With 30 mins of flight time, 2KG payload, GPS navigation and smartphone integration, this is one feature packed drone. The ability to capture video in 4K also gave it an impressive presence.
Future of Robots by University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle had an interesting display of robots playing soccer (called Nubots) and 3D VR display using Oculus Rift. Great to see the next generation of engineers displaying their talents.
Most of us know TomTom for their GPS or mapping service. And yes their mapping service got better with the purchase of Sensis (formerly of Telstra). But did you know TomTom also has a wearable device with full GPS tracking (without a smartphone) and action cameras?
The CeBit Australia Expo took place from 5-7 May, 2015. For more details head to: http://www.cebit.com.au/