What is IFA?
IFA is a huge European consumer technology show. It’s similar to CES, but in a lot more buildings – not necessarily bigger than CES, because the buildings are smaller, but it’s very maze-like, and it’s open to the public.
And while we were in Berlin, we visited Schloss Charlottenburg, an enormous palace built in the 17th century.
Big Things at IFA 2014
A couple of themes kept showing up at IFA. The first was wearables, the second was UltraHD TV.
Wearables at IFA 2014
There were a lot of wearables and smartwatches being announced, with products such as the Garmin Vivosmart, the Acer Liquid Leap, LG G Watch, MyKronoz, VFit, and several from Sony – SmartBand, Smartband Talk, and Smartwatch 3. Wearables also includes stuff like Google Glass, SiMe Goggles, and Mota SmartGlass.
UltraHD TV at IFA 2014
Our Favorite Things from IFA 2014
How awesome would it be to have stainless steel headphones like the RHA T10i? Pretty awesome indeed. We were also very impressed by the Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig – a cool tool for people who shoot video and photos with their phones. The Toshiba TransferJet allows you to move digital content quickly and easily between devices by holding them near each other. The Elgato Smart Power Battery puts a cool new twist on the well-worn concept of batteries. Hyper showed us a microSD card adapter called the HyperDrive that fits flush into your MacBook, allowing you to expand your storage capacity. We were also very impressed by the Sony concept bike, the Robomow, Star Wars Galactic Empire Headphones, the Mobee Magic Hub, ArtWizz Privacy Screen protectors, and the AeroSkull HD from Jean Michel Jarre.
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