Ready. Set. Vantage. Check out must-see tech at Telstra Vantage 2017.

Telstra Vantage enters its fourth year this week with two full days of talks and exhibitions of the latest in technology and innovation. With 120 exhibitors and a big showing of Telstra’s own tech, there are lots to see. To get you excited, here’s a quick rundown of five of the coolest bits of tech on show in the Vantage Village.

Infosys PlantIO

Technology services and consulting company Infosys has artificial intelligence, augmented reality, automation, machine learning, and data and analytics all wrapped up in its Plant IO tech. It hooks a plant up to a UV light and a few knobs and tubes that control the flow of nutrients and water. Then through random variables and machine learning algorithms that measure plant growth, the system figures out what the ideal pH level is for each plant.

The company also has a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality app that lets you monitor plant growth from afar and adjust the input variables with hand gestures.

Telstra Globecam

Telstra’s Globecam miniature wearable cameras hint at an exciting future for sports television. They can be mounted to a helmet or strapped to the chest or worn like a headset just above the ear, and while right now they’re mostly used on referees they could potentially go on players in training or during matches.

The system is currently in use FOX SPORTS with cameras mounted on both the head and chest of the referee. The camera operator can pan up and down for a better view of a player and switch back and forth between cameras to get the best angle.

Samsung Gear VR rollercoaster

Samsung leveled up its GearVR mobile VR experience in perhaps the most exhilarating way possible. They’ve hooked up two of their headsets to special chairs that vibrate and tilt in four directions, and attendees can strap themselves in for a virtual ride of two real rollercoasters from the Six Flags amusement park in Florida – complete with all the twists and turns of the real thing.

Anki Overdrive powered by Oracle Cloud

Anki Overdrive pits AI-driven toy race cars against each other on a modular track, with Mario Kart-style virtual weapons mixed in via an Android/iOS app to give a player something fun to do.

And as if it’s not already cool enough to have real-world and virtual play blend together, Oracle has gone and turned it into an Internet of Things demo. They pull data from the cars and crunch it in the cloud to provide both real-time and post-race analytics. They track lap times, battery life, speed, and more, and there’s even a drone that acts as incident response vehicle – if a car crashes, it flies over, picks the car up, and puts in back down safely.

Easy Mile autonomous shuttle bus

Easy Mile’s EZ10 driverless electric shuttle bus can be a bit bewildering to see up close. It has neither a steering wheel nor a “front” and “back”. Rather, it operates autonomously back and forth along a predefined route using a mix of lasers, cameras, GPS, and other technologies to track its location.

It’s already in operation in transport centres in 19 countries around the world – including Darwin, right here in Australia – and can carry up to 12 people at a time at a maximum speed to 40 km/h, with around 14 hours of battery life.

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