IFA 2011: Top Tech You May Have Missed

This year’s IFA saw Samsung’s new Galaxy range and HTC’s Windows Phone 7 line-up hogging the spotlight but Europe’s biggest tech show had plenty more on offer to satisfy our gadget cravings.

Join  us as we take a look beyond the headlines to uncover some of the other tech gems that showed up to this year’s event.

Putting pen to, not paper, but a TV screen!

The Samsung Galaxy Note may have attracted a lot of attention for its stylus-based functionality features, but it wasn’t the only gizmo on show that rocked a screen-friendly pen; the LG PenTouch TV was full of surprises too. It uses a special light-sensitive pen that allows you to draw over the screen as well as edit and organise photos on your PC. We’re not sure how well people will buy into the concept but the device has other tricks up its sleeve too such as the ability to convert 2D content into 3D. lG say that the hi-tech TV will be available in 55 and 60-inch display sizes once it hits the market, although pricing details were unforthcoming.

Now there’s an idea…

Lenovo also turned heads with its new range of ultrabooks and tablets in Berlin, and if we had to pick the one to watch, it would have to be the IdeaPad A1. It’s a budget 7-inch Android slate and packs some decent specs including Android Gingerbread, a 1GHz single core processor, and a 3 megapixel rear camera. There’s also a 1 megapixel front-facing lens, and offline GPS and will come in 8GB and 16GB versions. The IdeaPad A1 doesn’t have a UK price tag yet (we imagine it won’t be bank breaking though) but we do know that you’ll be able to pick one up from Q4.

In the round

Toshiba may have shown off the UK’s first glasses-free 3D TV at this year’s IFA, but Sony went one step further and showed off the HMZ-T1 visor, a rather odd-looking thing with an extraordinary concept. The HMZ-T1 is a personal display, housing a high-definition OLED panel that allows users to view HD and 3D content on. It also boasts 5.1 channel Virtual surround technology to create that authentic cinema effect!

Rock out with your dock out

There are more iPhone docks out there than you can shake a stick at, so it’s good to finally see some Android-supporting docks stepping onto the scene. Phillips showcased a trio of exotically titled Fidelios – the AS851, AS351 and AS111 – i, which come with a host of audio goodies for Android device users to get their teeth into. The docks come with an adjustable microUSB connector to hold any device in portrait or landscape mode, and you can even pair your smartphone or tablet with the docking station via Bluetooth using a dedicated app. All we need to know now are UK release dates and prices.

Something to bear in mind

Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Haier showcased a remote control that can change TV channels and alter the volume by reading your mind. A prototype version of the Brain Wave is still in the early stages of production and the only demo involved users blowing up a barrel on a TV by  using the power of thought alone, however, that is pretty impressive in itself and certainly it gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of the humble remote. Hopefully Haier will work on that bulky looking headset too!

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