Philips Simplicity: tech for the future

According to The Jetsons our future holds a world of flying cars, robots and holograms. Ask Philips and it’s a little different. We checked out

According to The Jetsons our future holds a world of flying cars, robots and holograms. Ask Philips and it’s a little different. We checked out its Simplicity show at London’s Earls Court where the Dutch tech maestro demonstrated some real-life scenarios to show off its future kit.Split into three zones we were ushered first into a mock hospital room (complete with patient) featuring a large touchscreen wall for interacting with graphics of patient info and a bedside screen for video-calling friends and family.Next we checked in to the Philips hotel with its gesture-controlled Daylight Window (pictured). Simply waving an arm horizontally in front of it activates specially shaped virtual blinds, which can be increased in density with further sweeps of the arm. Vertical movements control colour with different shades used on the frame to counter jetlag and exhaustion.On hearing the pitter patter of tiny Philips feet we entered the final ‘Celebrating Pregnancy’ zone. Touchscreen tech dominated here too with a bulge-shaped monitor used to look at full 3D scans with audio from throughout the pregnancy. We like to call it ‘up the duff-o-vision’.Keep your eyes on Stuff.tv for videos of all three very soon.Essentials Philips Simplicity Contact: Philips Related stories: Gadget of the Day – Philips Aurea Microsoft’s touch sensitive tabletop Surfaces