A noteworthy debut at this year's CeBIT consisted of the Dronemasters Summit, which – along with an impressive exhibition segment – offered an extensive conference program and even a flight arena.
The focus was on business applications for flying robots, as used for example by energy companies to monitor the condition of overhead powerlines and substations.
But the crowd favorite at CeBIT had to have been "Pepper", a humanoid robot developed by French-based Aldebaran and IBM which can speak 20 languages, recognizes its interlocutor's emotions from his facial expressions, and is going to be used not only in Japanese temples of consumerism, but also, in the near future, on German cruise ships.
An innovative avatar platform from Hewlett Packard Enterprise is designed to open up new business opportunities. A first prototype, on display at CeBIT, allows users to "virtually" try on a garment before purchasing it online, thus helping online retailers lower the number of returns.