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November 26, 2014

Event Tech: Azavista Shares Predictions for Next Year

At the EIBTM conference held in Barcelona last week, Cassandra Michael, sales and marketing manager at corporate event technology company Azavista, gave a presentation about the company's predictions for the future of events and event tech.

Some of the key technologies and trends included:

Augmented Reality Supplier Sourcing:
Various augmented reality headsets like Oculus Rift, currently used for gaming, will allow planners to view meeting and event facilities virtually, just from the comfort of their desk or home.

Setting up your venue interactively
Azavista presented “Leap Motion,” a device that allows users to control a computer in three dimensions with natural hand and finger movements. Azavista predicts that this technology will be used side by side with AR head-sets and allow planners to create their meeting or event set-up in an interactive and virtual way.

The end of translation booths
Microsoft's Skype Translator automatically translates voice and video calls with real-time translation. Its still in beta version and there is vast room for improvement, especially regarding the contextualization of conversations. Nevertheless, according to Azavista, in the near future we might see this technology replacing translation booths; delegates will be able to follow any presentation in any language just from their smartphones.

Future contingency plan for rain
A new kickstarter campaign presented the “air umbrella” - a literally invisible umbrella which takes advantage of airflow and creates shelter from the rain. Azavista estimates that we might see this technology expanding and possibly being using for big outdoor events.

Your personal event chauffeur
Google, Audi, Mercedes, GM and more are all working on self-driving technology. By 2020, these vehicles will probably be on the road. Azavista predicts that self-driving cars will be notified automatically when a delegate lands and be at the pick-up point right on time.

Post Event questionnaires with...robots
Social robotics will also find its place in the meeting industry. According to Azavista, post event questionnaires and evaluations might be substituted by robots that will collect participant feedback on the spot! Blabdroids are a good example of this trend. According to a study endorsed by the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, people are more likely to engage emotionally with artificial intelligence than with other people who they fear may be judgmental.

A Wearable Thermostat
Wristify is a bracelet that controls the wearer's body temperature using thermo-electric material and sensors. As a future scenario, Azavista can see these bracelets being handed out to event attendees, thus ensuring everyone is comfortable and the temperature is according to their own personal preferences.

For the full presentation, visit Azavista.com

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