Loony sights spotted at Mobile World Congress 2013

Here's a look at some of the loonier stuff at Mobile World Congress 2013.

Is this mustached Droid hipster enough?

There’s nothing like a giant trade show like Mobile World Congress to bring out the wild, wacky, and just plain nutty.

As hundreds of companies compete for attention, we couldn’t help but snap photos of everything from paper Wi-Fi trees, to juggling clowns, to photos of ourselves posing with mascots.

We didn't capture every unusual sight we came across (a woman dressed like an alien at a rave on roller blades was particularly hard to catch), but we did find enough off-the-wall sights to give you a taste of what it’s like to be in Barcelona this week.

Wi-Fi tree in full bloom

Because Wi-Fi, unlike money, really does grow on trees. Trees made of paper.

Vroom, vroom!

(Humming): Baby, you can drive my car.

My tiny, totally-controlled-by-a-wireless-smartphone car.

Odd couple

A giant Droid dressed in a lightning-bolt suit and yearning for a flamenco dancer?

It's a pretty random pairing, but we've seen stranger things (just barely) at technology trade shows.


I was going to chop down this 8-bit tree with my 8-bit axe so I could use the 8-bit wood to finish building my 8-bit house by my 8-bit lake.

However, T-Mobile’s security appears to frown on such 2-bit behavior.

Odd couple, take two

When TechHive's Leah Yamshon came across this particular mascot, she thought he was an inanimate part of his booth and poked him a few times in the head.

We’re not sure how he felt about that, but he was nice enough to pose with her later.

Something about a man in blue...

I took it upon myself to make friends with the Wi-Fi Gratis superhero.

He might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but who can resist a masked man whose insignia is a thumbs up?

Just say yes!

This guy has balls!

I suppose this is one way to ensure that no one suffering from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) comes anywhere near your booth.

Two-handed entertainment

In addition to hosting a juice bar, HTC drew in attendees by employing a troupe of acrobats to jump, twist, spin, and hang from various beams of their booth.

Next year I hear they’re going to have kittens.

Pay it forward

While I don't know what this company does, I would like to point out that the only thing gin ever paid me in was misery.

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