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IFA 2012

— Around The Home

Koubachi takes its Wi-Fi Plant Sensor to the great outdoors

By - September 11, 2012 8 Pictures
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. Read More
— Laptops

Multi-touch comes to Acer Ultrabooks

By - September 10, 2012 17 Pictures
Unless you've spent the summer snoozing at the back of the bear cave, you'll already know that Windows 8 is on the cusp of release. Hardware manufacturers made the most of the opportunity presented by the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (or IFA to you and me) to show us the first batch of products that we'll be using to get our touch on with the next flavor of Microsoft's operating system. We've already rubbed shoulders with Acer's new V5 series notebooks, now it's time to reach out and grab a few moments with the company's M3 Touch and S7 Ultrabooks. Read More
— Laptops

HP unveils three Windows 8 machines (and yes, there's a hybrid)

By - September 7, 2012 9 Pictures
It's been over a year since Microsoft first previewed the next generation of its Windows operating system, the touch-optimized Windows 8. As we draw closer to release, it's now the turn of hardware manufacturers to reveal exactly what they imagine we'll be using to make the most of the rather impressive new operating environment. IFA 2012 provided the perfect platform and we managed to spend a little time getting to know the latest tablet, ultrabook, AIO and hybrid tablet/notebook offerings from Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer. We've saved the biggest PC manufacturer until last and managed to jostle our way through the crowds of media and public to get up close to HP's first wave of Windows 8 machines. Read More
— Electronics

Five things we noticed at IFA 2012

By - September 6, 2012 18 Pictures
With IFA 2012 having come to end it's possible to finally take stock of a week in which Berlin once again became the center of the universe (at least so far as consumer electronics were concerned). As you'll see, it wasn't all about product announcements and prototype demonstrations. Here are five miscellaneous trends, oddities, curiosities and trivialities that, for whatever reason, made an impression upon Gizmag at IFA this year. Read More
— Robotics

TOSY set to release dancing and sketching robots

By - September 5, 2012 5 Pictures
It’s certainly impressive that there are robots capable of mowing lawns, tracking sharks, and toting goods, but sometimes it’s the robots that do completely useless yet entertaining things that really captivate us. Such is the case with TOSY’s soon-to-be-released DiscoRobo and SketRobo – one of them will dance to the beat of whatever music you have playing, while the other will draw your picture. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Haier demos eye-controlled TV prototype – we try it out

By - September 5, 2012 4 Pictures
While IFA 2012 may be thought of primarily as a venue for electronics manufacturers to unveil their latest products, it’s also a chance for them to showcase technologies that they’re still developing. An example of the latter is the prototype eye-controlled TV, created by Chinese electronics firm Haier. We had a chance to try it for ourselves, on the trade show floor in Berlin. Read More
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