Latest Gadgets at IFA preview: Tablets, docks and much much more.

IFA or Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin as it’s never called, is one of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade fairs and is held annually in Germany. Latest Gadgets will be heading down for the press day today. Here are a few things we’ll be excited about seeing.


In the same way the iPhone redefined smartphone, the iPad is helping to reshape the world of tablet computing – and dramatically polarising opinion as it does so (someone is getting angry just at the mere mention of the iPad). Competition is rife and we are looking forward to playing with the new “iPad beating” Galaxy Tab tablet on display from Samsung.

Auluxe, makers of the Dew, which we described our love for here, are set to launch the Reverie II, a luxury iPod dock crafted from wood (pictured) that apparently takes 13 hours to manufacture. Altec Lansing and Pioneor will also be unveiling some iPod docks and headphones.

Epson will have the latest and greatest in their Full HD home cinema range and showing off developments in 3LCD projection technology.

We are also eager to see Viewsonic who have an affordable 3D camera that can record at 720p for £199 and a handheld 3D TV, 3D digital camera and 3D digital photo frame. Keen to jump on the *other* bandwagon this year as well, they will be previewing a 7″ tablet computer – the ViewPad, which is Android powered and features 3G, GPS, Micro SD and USB ports and front and back facing cameras. A dual OS 10″ tablet will also been on display. I’m most excited about seeing the VMP74, not just because of the name but due to its award winning HD streaming capabilities.

Of course some of the more exciting innovations come from the smaller names and we will be keeping an eye out for the new and unusual from all corners of the show.

Depending on WiFi connections and roaming charges we should be tweeting our findings via @latestgadgetsuk and will take an in-depth look at our findings over the next few days.

TWIG: Blackbox silencer headphones, SLURLs review, Sound Pillows and more

The Week In Gadgets

It’s been a busy week in technology with the demise of my favourite web app Google Wave, the unveiling of Amazon’s Kindle 3 and Apple’s “Magic Trackpad”… or as we like to call it “Trackpad”

Released 2 weeks ago, but only in my hands this week, Blackbox’s new i10 silencer headphones were also impressive. Self-powered and noise cancelling the i10s are for hardcore audio enthusiasts – especially as they only work via Apple’s unique 30 pin dock. They claim to cancel 92% of background noise using ANR technology and at £79.99 RRP are comfortably in the reach of most “high end” earphones – although the 30 pin dock connector does restrict what you can use these headphones with.


We were all excited about the release of Y-Cam’s Bullet, a weatherproof network camera, which allows you to view and hear footage in real-time, from anywhere in the world. Think of the possibilities. Keep an eye out for Naomi’s review which should be out some time next week.

We had a look at a range of fantastic pillows, travel pillows and headboards from Sound Asleep that came with built-in speakers. I was then pointed in the direction of Sound Pillow, who also make an integrated pillow speaker –designed for tinnitus sufferers but popular with festival goers, travellers and students. You can check out the £27.99 pillow here.

We mentioned SLURLs a while back and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy. Initially I approached the slim volume with scepticism – how funny can a book about domain names be? Fortunately it turns out that the answer is “quite” and Chief SLURLer Andy Geldman managed to throw in some genuine laughs as well as a few interesting facts and a Nathan Barley reference along the way. SLURLs makes a great causal read or gift for anyone with even a passing interest in Internet culture. Make a nerd happy here.

Of course there were a slew of apps released. The Cineworld iPhone app caught my eye – it uses geodata to locate your nearest Cineworld, with films and screening times and compare with other Cineworlds. Best of all you can purchase tickets from the app, distinguishing it from other similar Movie apps.

Pinch recently launched a multiplatform app “Pinch – iMessenger, iContacts & iLocation Sense”. iDon’t know what this means but it appears to improve on standard SMS but including location data and social networking features. They have launched the Pinch iPad Global Contest where users can win iTunes gift cards, iPads and more prizes. Check it out for download details, support handsets and details on how to win an iPad.

And finally the fun and free iPhone and Android “Postcard” sends your holiday snaps to an FTP in Dorset and posts them the same day (there is a 4 pm cut off ) Simple yet effective. Check it out.