IFA

  • Fossil sure has a lot of different smartwatches

    Fossil sure has a lot of different smartwatches

    Fossil’s not messing around here. Back in November, the company announced plans to pick up fitness tracking company Misfit for $260 million, and, all the while, it’s been announcing connected wearables under its own name by the boatload. The company’s Q line, home to its various fitness trackers and smartwatches, includes a number of recent additions that were on display… Read More

  • A circular satnav designed to blend in with a scooter

    A circular satnav designed to blend in with a scooter

    Like Garmin, TomTom’s been getting pretty aggressive with its wearable strategy. No wonder, really — it’s a space that’s seen exponential growth over the past few years, as in-car GPS systems have, at best, flatlined, thanks to the near ubiquity of smartphones. But TomTom’s not giving up the ghost. The company’s been playing around in the space to see what… Read More

  • At long last, the player piano does multi-room audio

    At long last, the player piano does multi-room audio

    We all knew in our hearts that if we just waited long enough, the Internet of Things would come around to self-playing pianos; that surely the cloud would incorporate that last vestige of ol’ timey technology. And now, here at IFA, the least portable of home audio systems has finally gone multi-room. Or, as Yamaha opens its decidedly hyperbolic press release, “For the first time in… Read More

  • Drop partners with Bosch to let users monitor their oven remotely

    Drop partners with Bosch to let users monitor their oven remotely

    This could actually go a ways toward easing my obsessive dial checking on the way out the door in the morning. Drop, they of connected kitchen scale fame, is partnering with Bosch to bring an added layer of connectivity to the German appliance maker’s kitchen devices. The deal, announced at IFA in Berlin, starts simply, with the company’s Series 8 oven, bringing remote monitoring… Read More

  • Sanbot is a humanoid robot with penguin flipper arms and a touchscreen heart

    Sanbot is a humanoid robot with penguin flipper arms and a touchscreen heart

    When I arrived at Qihan’s IFA booth, a rainbow-colored trio of Sanbots were performing choreographed moves to some unrecognizable pop song. Because, well, when you want to get people to stop at your both in the middle of a giant show full of gadgety distractions, you pull out all the stops. The plucky little robot has flipper arms, a pair of wheels for feet and a body chock full of… Read More

  • Finally, Windows 10 on a refrigerator door

    Finally, Windows 10 on a refrigerator door

    To the thousands, nay, millions who were holding out for a Windows 10 fridge before upgrading, we’ve got some pretty great news straight from the IFA show floor. Granted, it’s still just a prototype with no firm release date, but here you go. LG put a fully functioning Windows 10 tablet on the door of a fancy new icebox. And it’s a massive tablet, at that – measuring… Read More

  • An entry-level VR headset that doesn’t need a phone

    An entry-level VR headset that doesn’t need a phone

    If you’re going to do yet another VR headset, the least you can do is bring something new to table. For Alcatel, that means an all-in-on solution, doing away with the need for a tethered computer or handset. The Vision is a self-contained VR device. All the hardware you need is right there in the box. It’s not clear exactly what niche the company is trying to address here. Read More

  • A 38-inch curved gaming monitor isn’t as immersive as VR, but it’s still pretty neat

    A 38-inch curved gaming monitor isn’t as immersive as VR, but it’s still pretty neat

    At $1,500, the 38UC99 works out to around $39 per inch of curved gaming monitor. And it’s a pretty lovely thing to behold – particularly when lined up alongside two other 38-inch gaming monitors. That’s 114 inches of brightly lit gaming action for a mere $4,500. It’s a pretty impressive display, in the way that only something prohibitively expensive can be. Of course… Read More

  • Wacom’s Intuos 3D package bundles a pen tablet with 3D design software

    Wacom’s Intuos 3D package bundles a pen tablet with 3D design software

    Wacom’s IFA announcements thus far have centered around the company’s consumer-facing Bamboo line. Earlier this week, the tablet maker showed off two new versions of its sketchpad digitizer, in keeping with what’s been something of a broader trend at this year’s show. Unveiled this morning, the Intuos 3D is a bit closer to the company’s root’s. The offering… Read More

  • Acer’s 17 pound, curved-screen temple to gaming excess

    Acer’s 17 pound, curved-screen temple to gaming excess

    Where to start? There’s the weight: 17 pounds. The screen: 21 inches, 2560 x 1080, curved. The power supplies: two. The fans: five. Rear ports: 21. Or how about the gaming pad that flips over, trap door style to reveal a number pad? Most ridiculous of all is the fact that, in spite of everything, the Acer Predator 21 X still somehow qualifies as a laptop – though actually trying to… Read More

  • LG’s Amazon Echo competitor will get Alexa functionality

    LG’s Amazon Echo competitor will get Alexa functionality

    LG’s SmartThinQ Hub looks a lot like the Amazon Echo. It’s the first thing that occurred to me when it was announced right around CES of this year, and it was probably the first thing that occurred to you, too. And like the Echo, LG’s tall black speaker tower connects to various smart home devices, streams music and offers up notifications. When it was announced, it appeared… Read More

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