Some 200,000 people and 3,000 companies have come together at CeBIT in the German city of Hannover to celebrate all things digital.
One of the big trends at CeBIT is virtual reality (VR), the ability to touch things. Euronews reporter Jeremy Wilkes visited the stand of Japan’s NTT Group where he donned a VR headset and a pair of massive gloves to try out a football game system.
“We are adding in the VR a shock on your hand and also a shock on your stomach, this is the most advanced VR system in the world,” explained NTT vice president and growth hacker Kazunari Moriuchi.
NTT, historically a Japanese telecoms company, is investing in all the big ICT trends, not just Virtual Reality. The group president Hiroo Unoura set out his vision to Euronews.
“The important point for us is how each company in our group can help our clients and users to create new business models or new systems in different fields,” he said.
One of those applications involves NTT subsidiary Dimension Data equipping all the Tour de France cyclists with a GPS sensor on their bikes to record where they are and how fast they are going.
“With these GPS sensors we have picked up different information like the placing of the cyclists and we have sent this information to the television companies and so the spectators were able to get the latest data. We also sent it to the team directors to know the movement of the bikes and to improve their race strategy,” explained Unoura.
And there are other applications of the system too.
One of the products you can get from all that data gathering is this augmented reality system, that gives you extra information on the sport that you’re watching.