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IFA 2014

Gizmag looks back at the busiest week in Europe's consumer tech calendar (Photo: Chris Woo...

The sun has now set on Europe's biggest consumer technology show, exhibitors are packing away their wares and cleaning crews are moving in. Though smartwatches and big curved UHD televisions were just about everywhere at IFA 2014, exhibitors had plenty of other gadgets and gizmos to show to the bustling crowds pounding the halls of Berlin's Messe. Join Gizmag as we look through some of our favorites, a few that didn't make our main event coverage and one or two snaps from the show itself.  Read More

The findbox system helps shoppers find the item they want by scanning an example or packag...

Scanning shop shelf after shop shelf in the search for that elusive item can be a frustrating task, particularly if it turns out the item is out of stock. This isn’t just annoying, but it can also mean lost sales as customers leave without buying anything at all. In a bid to help both customers and shopkeepers, Germany-based findbox GmbH has developed the findbox, a kiosk-like device that scans items and packaging, lets shoppers know if a replacement is in the shop and guides them to the right peg.  Read More

A Home Motion Sensor is one of the modules in D-Link's new mydlink Home smart home ecosyst...

Many see home automation as the next big thing in the consumer electronics space and D-Link is keen to plant a flag in the emerging connected smart home with its new mydlink Home range of smart devices. The line includes five modules aimed at letting homeowners control technology around the home using a smartphone or tablet, be it from the comfort of the sofa or when out and about.  Read More

Garmin's vivosmart blends fitness tracking with smartphone functionality (Photo: Chris Woo...

Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.  Read More

E Ink products past, present and future (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Being able to shrink your entire hardback collection down to a single device that you can carry with you everywhere is not the only thing that convinced legions of bookworms to swap paper for e-Readers. If it wasn't for the low fatigue reading experience offered by E Ink, devices like the Kindle and Kobo may not have become quite as popular as they are. But, as E Ink's Director of Product Management Giovanni Mancini told Gizmag at IFA this last week, the low power display technology is finding its way into much more than just e-Readers.  Read More

Withings Home is designed to be discrete (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)

Home camera systems from baby monitors to full-blown security systems are nothing new, but living with them can be about as comfortable as living in the novel 1984. Making its debut at this year’s IFA electronics show in Berlin, the Withings Home video and environmental monitoring device tries to dispel that vibe in a user-friendly package that blends into modern home decor.  Read More

The Asus Memo Pad 7 puts fashion first (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag.com)

Asus’ latest 7-inch slate may not be the most exciting product to come out of IFA this year, but it is a very solid tablet, both in terms of specs and how it feels in the hand. The device features a fashion-conscious design and a thin, solid feeling profile. Read on as Gizmag goes hands-on with Asus’ new 7-inch slate.  Read More

The Sound Blaster X7 made its debut at IFA 2014 in Berlin (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Creative Technologies has combined its audio processing know-how with high end audiophile-grade components and specifications for a new addition to the Sound Blaster audio family that's been developed to wrap serious gamers in high resolution sonic goodness. The new X7 boasts more features than any Sound Blaster before it, including a built-in power amp, cross-platform connectivity and intelligent audio enhancement technologies.  Read More

The Cat S50 smartphone's 4.7-inch touchscreen features Gorilla Glass 3 and wet finger trac...

Caterpillar, a company best known for making construction equipment, is launching a new smartphone called the S50. This device is designed to be rugged and durable, which means it should be able to handle the lifestyle of users who enjoy the outdoors, as well as those who need to use it for work.  Read More

HP's new Envy x2 hybrids offer a range of form-factors in one package (Photo: Chris Wood/G...

HP’s new 2-in-1 system takes significant cues from the Surface line, offering a detachable keyboard and adjustable kick stand. That said, the machine is far from a direct clone of Microsoft’s device, packing a few interesting design features of its own, including the ability to mimic All-in-One functionality.  Read More

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