6 amazing things we saw at IFA 2016
To kick us off, there’s been big news in the wearable world from Misfit, Fitbit, TomTom, Samsung, and Sony…
Panasonic transparent display
We first got a glimpse of Panasonic’s transparent display at CES in January, but IFA offered us a closer look. The glass, embedded in a cabinet, is pretty close to completely transparent. It then transforms into a screen.
Fitbit announced the Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2, both revisions of their predecessors. The Flex 2 is totally water-resistant; perfect for the keen swimmers, while the Charge 2 brings a larger screen to the floor. The Charge 2 delivers a clean selection of smartphone notifications direct to your wrist, while tracking all your usual fitness activity, including calorie burn, steps and heart rate.
TomTom has long been established as the brand that will get you from A to B while driving, but the Dutch company is now making waves in the wearable world, too.
The new line up of products includes the Touch – a straight up fitness tracker – and the Spark 3, which is more angled towards the adventurer. Built in GPS not only lets you track where you, where you’ve been, and where you’re going, but also lets you share routes with friends. Both offer a robust, lightweight build quality, and a simple graphic interface.
Sony’s new FES e-ink smartwatch is a first, because the e-ink circular display isn’t the only part supporting the low-powered technology. It extends right around the strap, meaning you’ll be able to customise the smartwatch more than ever at the tap of a button.
E-ink technology is great if you spend a lot of time outdoors. The battery last for ages, and the screen is actually brighter in direct sunlight. Win win.
Samsung has launched a new smartwatch as well, namely the Gear S3. The new wearable hasn’t seen a huge overhaul in design, but it does now feature water-resistance, inbuilt GPS, and a speedometer.
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Sony and LG’s mood-setting speakers
LG has lifted the curtain on a line of new Bluetooth speakers, offering 360-degree sound and a candle-esque ambient light. The miniature speakers have an 8-hour battery life and can be linked to two smartphones at the same time.
LG isn’t the only company aligning mood lighting with audio however, with Sony announcing a similar product – the Glass Sound Speaker. The 2-in-1 will bring an element of sophistication to any room, with a soft-glowing filament encased in glass above the speaker. Keep your eyes for both products coming soon.
Still hungry for more IFA 2016 news? Check out our round up of the best of the best.
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