Everyone in the United States knows of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, where the best and brightest of the technology world gather together in Las Vegas to talk about the trends and tech of the future. However, there’s a companion piece to that festival of gadgetry in Berlin, Germany, every year. It’s called the IFA (short for Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, but you won’t need to know that because there won’t be a test) and it’s pretty cool. For all the technological wonders of the CES, the IFA is actually cooler because it contains stuff that may never make it to the United States. Here are four trends from this year’s IFA.
Of the trends, the one I like the least–aside from the lack of availability of cable boxes from people not my provider–is the Internet of things. I’m sure it’s cool to control your refrigerator from your office or something, but I don’t have Internet bandwidth enough to run any of it. That’s the most disappointing thing. I can take or leave a smartwatch, dorky or cool, but I would love to be free from the need for boxes plural on my television stand.