It doesn’t matter if it’s called a BBQ, a grill or a Barbie; those char-grilled steaks leave a thick layer of grease and grime behind. And while cooking is fun, cleaning is not.
What you need is a neat little R2D2 to scrub the filth away, leaving you to crack a beer and get ready to fire up the next BBQ. Enter the Grillbot, a cute, single button operated bot that perches on your grill and lives to clean.
Black thumb? If you're tired of sending your plants to an early compost heap then you might want to thank the industrious gnomes at Koubachi who have released an outdoor version of their Wi-Fi Plant Sensor
. Like its indoor stablemate, the new model unveiled at this year's IFA in Berlin measures soil moisture, light and temperature, sending the data to the cloud where you or anyone you've shared your account with can check on the needs of your botanical buddies. What's new is an IPx4 certification, making this sensor fully waterproof and ready for the great outdoors.
Today’s homes have more hardcore tech and electronics than you can shake a USB stick at, which leaves designers with the interesting conundrum of how to make all those cables and black boxes look pretty and feel comfortable to use. Gizmag gets hands on with Swedish company Bosign's range of Surfpillows, Laptrays and the enigmatically named Hideaway.
Samsung gave journalists attending this year's IFA
a treat with an appearance by Victoria's Secret model Angela Bellotte. Hot models on stage with her included the Samsung 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV
and the ES9500 55-inch OLED TV
. Bellotte demoed the gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds
that's included on the ES9000, and took part in Samsung's introduction of the new Multi View feature on the ES9500.
The Sonic Chair isn't a new concept, it's been offering the public auditory pleasure in museums and libraries world wide since 2007. At this year's IFA the new improved SC02 was unveiled featuring iPad integration and an enhanced amplifier system. The good news, it's finally available to Joe and Jane Public for a mere 8,999 euros. That's without the fancy extras. Gizmag talked exclusively to one of its designers.
Sony's Kazuo Hirai bounced up on stage for his very first IFA in the capacity of his new role as CEO. Hirai presented the company's new direction, stating: "There have been more changes in the last 10 year than in the previous century's combined... Now is the time for Sony to change. This company cannot stand still."
One of Sony's core focus areas to keep it moving is (no surprises here) Mobile, and Hirai announced three new additions to the Xperia range. the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia J, all of which will be brought to market over the next few months.
Dell released three new additions to its XPS range at this year's IFA in Berlin: the XPS One 27 all-in-one and the XPS 10 and XPS Duo 12 laptop/tablet hybrids. Dell's Sam Burd; VP, Global Product Operations at Dell demo'd the One 27's 'Quad HD' touchscreen, saying that Dell disagrees with the idea that you "don't touch a screen this good." The swiveling mechanism of the XPS Duo 12 was the real talking point, however.