ifa 2008

Simplicity Labs: Philips Wants Your Feedback

At the beginning of the year Philips consolidated their Consumer Electronics and Domestic Appliances & Personal Care divisions into a single unified Consumer Lifestyles group, with a focus on &#82

Grundig offers a ball o' music

Grundig is pitching their Audiorama 900 spherical speaker system at IFA 2008, for all your retro music needs.  These speakers create 360° sound projection and can be either floor mounted or hung fro

IFA 2008: Moving Beyond The Mouse

http://www.viddler.com/player/d3527997/ Several companies — large and small — were demonstrating alternative input technologies at IFA today. Most, like the Pong video above, were explorin

Wake-up Light simulates rising sun to wake you up gently

If you don’t like the idea of shooting your alarm clock, the new version of the Philips Wake-up Light might be for you. Like any other alarm clock, you set the time at which you want to be woken

I want my 3D TV!

At IFA today many companies are showing off their attempts at 3D TV. Most of the displays being shown are not yet designed for home use, and instead are being positioned as business applications: in-s

IFA 2008 Overload: Home Appliances

IFA 2008 offers the curious spectator an awful lot to look at.  There are hundreds of televisions, computers, projectors, stereos, navigation systems, MP3 players, and all other manner of gadget cove

Sony Sountina: A Vibrating Organic Cylinder

The Sony Sountina is another 360° single speaker system.  This one uses a vibrating organic cylinder.  Insert obligatory double-entendre here.  The Sountina also has colorful LEDs to breathe &#822

IFA 2008 Booze Cruise

2008 is the first year that the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin has included so-called “white goods” in addition to the traditional media and entertainment products on display.  P

IFA 2008 Missing The Point Award

http://www.viddler.com/player/adffa1f0/ In the Home Appliances section of IFA 2008 are dozens of brands of coffee makers, most doling out freshly brewed joe to bleary-eyed conventioneers.  The video

IFA 2008 Overload: Televisions

I used to think that my local Best Buy had a lot of televisions on display.  Then I attended IFA.  Each vendor’s stand has dozens — sometimes hundreds — of TVs up and running.  It

Epson EC-01 is a recyclable printer

Epson’s EC-01 inkjet printer is the flagship product in their new Environmental Vision 2050 initiative: it’s shipped in an unpainted recycled cardboard box, the manual is printed on recycl

Loewe Packs Features into Minimalist Design

The Loewe stand at IFA caught my eye for two reasons.  The image above struck my funny bone, and the image below filled me with deep techno-lust.  At a show filled with televisions that all looked v

Finlux on Display at IFA 2008

Salacious photos after the jump. Finlux unveiled several new televisions and set-top boxes at IFA.  The video they selected to demonstrate the sets at the front of their stand was the most salacious

Completely unnecessary at IFA 2008: Sharp's inflatable swag-thing

Oh man, who thought this was a good idea? Pretty much all the big companies were handing out goodie bags, so to speak, at IFA. Inside is the usual assortment of swag you’d find at any trade show

Video: T-Mobile has a really big touchscreen at IFA 2008

T-Mobile has a rather large booth at IFA this year, and it’s no surprise that the iPhone is front-and-center. It goes even further, though, as the German carrier has a huge touchscreen installed

A Photosynth: Samsung's TV Wall @ IFA 2008

First off, Photosynth only works on Windows machines. That includes creating them and merely viewing them. I made this one using Boot Camp on my MacBook. That out of that way, this is a quick little P

German Custom agents spotted at IFA 2008

Large, international tradeshows can showcase the absolute bleeding edge of technology. Sometimes though, said tech was developed with the unknown help of another company, so obviously, this can

Dolby is all over IFA 2008

From the standard fare of receivers to gaming headsets, Dolby has invaded IFA this year. Harman Kardon is going to launch the first receiver with Dolby’s touted Volume technology that ensures co

Harman Kardon breaks glass with GLA-55 speakers

Indiana Jones or Superman prop; classy or just plain tacky? I can’t decide but I’ve to give the boys over at Harman Kardon for suck a clever name: GLA-55. ‘Cause it’s made o

Enhanced MPAII monitors from Samsung announced at IFA

So what’s “Enhanced MPAII”? It’s a technology that was developed to reduce ghosting effects and reduced the MPRT from 27ms to 9ms (although, the spec sheet says 5ms, but they could be two diff
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