Gadgets

IFA, held in Berlin in September, is Europe's largest consumer technology trade show. From small tablets (or big phones), to 3D glasses and nanotechnology TVs, here's the very latest in tantalising tech.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Bigger than an iPhone, smaller than an iPad - Samsung have pitched the Galaxy Tab as midway between the two. But will the 7' touchscreened smartphone/tablet fall between two stools, or is there a market for consumers who find the iPhone's screen too cramped but the iPad too bulky? Full-page web browsing (with Flash support) is in, Facetime-rivalling video calls and Android operating system backed by a 1GHz processor. In use as a tablet it's simple, clear and fully-featured (it'll even let you edit PowerPoint docs on the go). As a phone it's initially less successful - feeling very oversized in most hands - but that could pass with time.

Galaxytab.samsungmobile.com

£TBA
 

XpanD universal 3D glasses

The world's first 'universal' active shutter 3D glasses. OK, it's unlikely you already own two different 3D TVs from two different manufacturers in your house. But there are still several advantages to the XpanD glasses: they come in four colours as well as multiple shapes and sizes - so will fit with your head shape and style; they work with 3D TVs and projectors from every manufacturer, as well as 3D computer graphic displays - so they'll work with whatever you do have at home (and make ideal replacement or additional glasses); they also work at over 3,000 3D cinemas that use active shutter glasses (ones that need batteries).

www.xpandcinema.com

£99
 

Philips MCI900 SoundSphere

Philips audio engineers must have been proud when their SoundSphere hi-fi system won the prestigious EISA Best Compact award this year. The SoundSphere speakers turn a traditional tweeter into a floating point above the body of the speaker, which houses the woofer - tilted over at an angle. The result makes for clearer yet more diffuse sound (you don't need to sit in a 'sweet spot' in front of the speakers). The rest of the micro system includes Full HD upscaling DVD playback, a 160GB hard drive and support for lossless audio files like FLAC, as well as streaming Internet radio (but no app support for Spotify etc. yet).

www.philips.com

£900
 

Panasonic HDC-SDT750

The first 3D camcorder aimed at consumers - the HDC-SDT750 features a new image-processing chipset and switchable 2D/3D lens system. You get manual focus, optical image stabilisation and zoom capabilities in traditional 2D, while in 3D focus and zoom is fixed and any shakeyhandcam work goes direct onto screen. But in return, you do get to film in full point-your-finger-into-the-screen-o-rama - transferrable to any 3D TV by HDMI or SD card to computer etc. The enhanced image processor means that Panasonic claim the SDT750 takes even traditional 2D video shoots 'to a new level' with enhanced noise reduction in low-light environments.

www.panasonic.co.uk

£1,500
 

LG LEX8

Nanotechnology invades your telly next year. LG announced the LEX8 at IFA - their first LED TV, due next year, to incorporate nanotech. LED TVs work by firing LED light from a back panel through the LCD screen, which delivers the colour. Here, between the back panel and LCD is a nano-perforated screen to give a more diffuse and even light. The end result? Brighter, sharper pictures. Add on top 3D processing, 400Hz to combat motion-blur and an incredibly thin (0.88cm for the screen) profile and you've got a high-end set to sear your eyes (and probably wallet).

www.lg.com/uk

£TBA
 

Philips AirFryer

The AirFryer, unveiled at IFA, promises to tackle the obesity epidemic - by letting you eat chips, without cooking them in fat. The 'fryer' works by circulating heated air in the enclosed cooking compartment. Its main rival is the Tefal ActiFry, where food is turned around by a rotating spatula, to ensure even cooking. But this means softer foods can't be cooked using it. The AirFryer somehow delivers chips that taste good, cooked evenly all over, and without moving the food around while cooking. Which means it's also usable for chicken nuggets, falafels, pastries etc.

www.philips.com

£TBA

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