IFA, Europe’s biggest technology and electronics fair was held in Berlin from the 31st August to 5th September this year and did not disappoint, with smart cameras, edgy tablets and mind-blowing TV’s giving us a heads-up as to what to expect on the shelves in the near future. Here’s a round-up of the most interesting items unveiled to the public.
Basically this new family of ultra-high definition TV’s has four times the resolution of the HD TV’s currently on the market and excellent clarity even on 60inch screens and bigger. With this technology not in regular use bar a few Hollywood movies now being shot in 4K, there isn’t that much content available so probably not worth investing in it at the moment. The price is also a little off-putting, with LG pricing it’s 4K TV at an eye-watering $22,000. Fifty units of the new LG have been sold in Korea but as far as mass purchasing goes, this will be a slow-burner while prices go down and the amount of available content goes up.
Sony Smart watch
The Android-powered smart watch is a lot more than just a timepiece and acts as a remote display, allowing you to read emails, text messages and get alerts without fishing for your smartphone every other second. The 1.3inch display plays host to your apps and media, freeing us from the smartphone slavery that keeps us listening out for our phones. It looks reasonably slick and comes in different colour wristbands but I’m not sure it’s pretty enough for everyone to want to wear on a daily basis. It could possibly be a good gym watch, allowing you a good work-out while assuring you that your life isn’t declining into catastrophe while you attend an hour long yoga class. The watch is already on sale in the U.S. for $150 with plans to launch in the UK and globally later in the year.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
It may look pretty much like a normal digi-cam at first glance, but this smart snapper is as about as clever as a camera gets, with 16.3 Megapixels, incredible 21x optical zoom, a 23mm aperture lens for wide-angle shots, an all-mighty 4.8 inch touch screen and built-in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This means you can preview your pics, add effects and crop on the screen, testing out different looks on site, then with the use of Wifi or 3G, you can simply send the photos straight from the camera to the internet and share your memories as you make them. You will also have access to the Google app store to download applications straight from the camera in case you just can’t find the effect you’re looking for. An incredibly versatile gadget but one that will probably come with just as extraordinary a price tag.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The 5.5inch screen may sound ridiculous but big phones don’t seem to have put people off purchasing Samsung’s previous products so this may be a winner nonetheless. The stylus is also a little bigger as is the software – now boasting a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. This phone certainly packs a punch in size and functionality with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a lot of Samsung apps available too. It’s light, fast and with the pressure-sensitive stylus that allows for accurate and detailed doodling, it’s a lot of fun. Very useful – if your pockets are big enough.
Toshiba Satellite U925t Tablet
This laptop/ tablet-hybrid runs on Windows 8 and has a screen that slides into tablet mode and slides back to reveal a Qwerty keyboard when in laptop mode. A handy piece of machinery that removes the need for both devices and is light enough to truly double as a tablet at only 3.2 pounds and 0.78 inches thick. The 12.5inch HD touchscreen is made of Gorilla Glass so any fears about it’s durability and portability can be put to rest. Also included are a front HD webcam, rear webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. It also boasts an ultra-wide 21:9 cinematic display with resolution designed for entertainment consumption – the first laptop to incorporate this technology.
You may have to be made of money to invest in the best tech products hitting the market in the near future but there is certainly is a lot of exciting innovation taking place aside from the more gimmicky items being rolled out – get your wallets ready.