IFA 2009: Our top five

IFA in Berlin is the largest consumer electronics show in Europe. Each year hundreds of companies come to show their latest and greatest gadgets that they will be releasing over the next 12 months. So what caught our eye this year? Here is our pick of the crop:

Sony 3DTV


Release date
2010


Sony 3DTV
Sony's 3DTV demo station was pretty impressive, especially the gaming aspect with Wipeout HD in full 3D. It won't work with all content, we weren't too impressed with football for example. But movies, games and nature programmes are likely to blow you away when it comes to getting one of these in your home.

LG 15-inch OLED


Release date
2010


LG OLED
OLED is still a very new technology and while the 15-inch isn't the largest on the market, this little model looks very tasty, very tasty indeed. With a crisp, bright, screen and a minimalist design to match, we can see these popping up in stylish "urban" loft apartments across the world. You'll probably have to remortgage your house to get one, but if that isn't a problem then add one of these to your Christmas list.

Philips Cinema 21:9 3D


Release date
unknown


Philips 219 3D
The Philips Cinema 21:9 is an unusual concept. It's basically a TV that is one and a half times wider than the 16:9 widescreen monster you've already got at home. The TV is stunning, giving you a true "Cinema" feel while no doubt taking up most of your living room wall at the same time. Needless to say the 3D version adds 3D capabilities making it future proof (to a point). The downer is that Philips are saying this is a just a concept at the moment, rather than something that's about to roll into production.

Panasonic Lumix GF1


Release date
2009


Pansonic GF1
Panasonic has followed Olympus and created a retro casing for its Micro Four Thirds technology fitting all the tech found in its G1 and GH1 models into a smaller more stylish box. Where this should succeed against the Olympus E-P1 one is that you'll get a built-in flash. In hand and it's incredibly sturdy and, judging from what we saw on performance, looks to be one to consider when it comes out later in the year.

Pure Siesta Flow


Release date
2009


Pure Siesta Flow
Of all the technology on show, our fifth top gadget from is an alarm clock from Pure. That could say that there wasn't much on show at IFA this year, or it could be, and it is, that this is one alarm clock that has a couple of really nifty features. The first is that it's internet-enabled, allowing you to stream internet radio stations from around the world to your bedside. You'll be able to set the alarm to wake you with Radio Ghana for example. The best bit however is that the company has added a USB charging sockets to the radio so you can plug in your phone or iPod to charge by your bedside without having to find yet another plug socket. It's the simple things that make gadgets really exciting.



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