Weird and Wacky Gadgets Announced at IFA Berlin During Europe’s Biggest Trade Show
Here are four standout things I didn’t expect to see at IFA Berlin 2022.
There is a huge range of laundry appliances on the market, from numerous types of washers to choices in clothes drying technology.
In recent years I have been converted to the idea of an electric wardrobe from Samsung and LG, Samsung calls it the AirDresser, LG the Styler. These devices can sanitize your clothes with steam and also dry them. Designed for the wardrobe but equally at home in the laundry, they’re pricey but very cool.
LG announced the LG Styler ShoeCare, which is a small device that can hold a few pairs of shoes to clean and sanitize them, eliminating odors and extending their lifespan. More importantly, it eliminates that foot odor from work or the day’s errand.
Now, it’s not for everyone, but there’s a special niche here for the shoe lover and collector, because not only can LG help take care of your shoes, but they can flaunt them with the LG Styler ShoeCase. This case has a rotating base for the shoes to spin on the screen as well as lights inside. They can also be stacked in fours for all your shoes.
Samsung would say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, with its ShoeDresser product already available in some parts of the world.
Either way, this is another new device for your home.
I’ll be completely honest, I can’t see this one taking off. But I don’t suffer from allergies, so maybe the purpose of the Respiray is lost on me.
This personal purifier sits around your neck, purifying and filtering the air which then blows in front of your face, creating breathable air for the wearer.
Designed for indoor use, it probably won’t help people with pollen allergies.
Have the animals just taken a bath? Or been in the rain? No need to wipe them down, just escort them into the Petmiglia – this “bubble” circulates warm air to dry your four-legged friend.
If you’re worried about them, you can change the cover to have holes for your hands so you can pat your pet while they dry.
A strange concept, but one that has sold thousands in Korea and now hopes to find a market on the world stage.
I’m not sure it will take off with its $2000 price tag.
And I tried a 3D printed steak
Look, I’m the pickiest eater on the planet and I don’t try new things – at all. But when “3D Printed Steak” was on the side of a food truck, it was my job to check it out.
The “meat” is 3D printed on what I was told was a “giant machine” in Israel, not a small 3D printer in the food truck.
Sitting “raw” it looks convincing, then they sizzle it on a griddle, giving it a crisp dark color.
Sliced, placed on mashed potatoes and covered in teriyaki sauce, it wasn’t too bad to look at.
The texture was like a steak, as was the taste. But there was something in my head that just said “no, no, no”. And I couldn’t take it anymore.
But it is possible: the steak can be 3D printed.
Trevor Long traveled to IFA Berlin with help from Samsung Australia.