IFA: Robots, projectors and phablets abound

New gadgets … Visitors are reflected in an exhibit at the booth of the Turkish electronics and home appliances manufacturer Vestel’s booth on the opening day of the 55th IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin: Picture: AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN Source: AFP

ONE of the world’s biggest technology shows, IFA, kicked off in Berlin this weekend, with more than 200,000 visitors prowling its halls to glimpse the latest technology.

While big-name items like Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch and Sony’s 4K Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone won the most attention, the show also delivered plenty of unexpected and even wacky creations.

Below are 11 highlights from the show floor.

Sony FES Watch

Elegance … And innovation come together in Sony’s new watch offer. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Sony is an early smartwatch adopter and not only showed off its newly announced Wena watch at IFA ,but a real-life version of its unusual FES Watch. This slender creation features Electronic Paper as a display and a watch band, letting users customise both with a simple selection on an accompanying app. There are 24 display options for the watch and band, which is surprisingly striking.

Polaroid Snap

Back in style … Go back to taking pics in Polaroid style. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

The instant photo is coming back in this camera, the Polaroid Snap, the offers to both capture 10-megapixel photos and print them out. The Snap is the cheaper version of Polaroid’s printing cameras, at just $US99, and features a raised viewfinder rather than an LCD screen for shooting photos. Special ZINK photo paper can be fed into the back of the camera, and six picture modes are available to put filters and borders on its prints.

Panasonic Primova Personal Screen

Can’t be separated from the television when you visit the kitchen or even the bathroom? Panasonic showed off its solution — a device called Primova that looks like a tablet computer but is described as a “personal screen”. It comes in two sizes — 24 inches and 15 inches — is water proof for use in kitchens and bathrooms, and uses an external tuner to show off broadcast televisions shows. Despite its appearance, it cannot be used as a tablet computer — this is for entertainment only. Panasonic is only offering the Primova in Japan at the moment, priced between 600 and 800 euros.

Phablets not big enough for you? Lenovo has a solution in the Phab Plus, a 6.8-inch phone. Lenovo promises this phone does the work of a tablet or a smartphone, and promises a 24-hour battery life, Android 5.1 software, an octa-core chip, a 13-megapixel camera out back, and a 5-megapixel camera upfront. It also promises “one-handed operation” though this phone is more than a handful, even for an experienced phablet fan.

Source:: news.com.au

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