Due to the rapid pace of innovation the consumer electronics industry is constantly setting new standards. The merging of television with the internet, media and devices in HD and 3D, the massive upsurge in sales of tablet PCs, apps and smartphones, and networking for the home and for people on the move, with permanent access to their favourite media, are setting the trends in 2011.
(Picture: ‘Fine Arts’ by Grundig)
The world’s most important trade show for consumer electronics, IFA in Berlin, is presenting the entire range of innovations from every branch of the industry. This is the 2nd highlights.
6. Technology and design – effective harmonization
Minimalist, exclusive styling incorporating high-end technology: the premium “Fine Arts” and “Vision 8” ranges of television sets being shown at IFA by Grundig are housed in an even slimmer case. That of the brushed aluminium Fine Arts series ranges from 32” to 46”, while the Vision 8 series starts at 22” and goes up to 46”, a reduction in width of some 30 per cent. The Vision 8 models are available either in a black piano lacquer finish, high gloss white or elegant silver. On the Vision 8 range the loudspeaker strip also has a fine, chrome outline.
The Vision 7 models, from von 22” to 46” in classic black have now been given slimmer lines too. The use of high quality materials, combined with timeless styling, make these new models the focal point of any living room. In addition to their uncluttered lines the latest series of TV sets also includes a number of new features. For example, the board on the Premium TVs, which is incorporated in the 32” and larger format Fine Arts and Vision 8 sets, provides for an even more intensive web TV experience.
7. Improved overview with the new generation of pngs
Improved overview with the new generation of pngs New technologies to make navigation even easier: in addition to further refinements
to its map technology, with finer detail, the display by Garmin at IFA includes improved search functionalities and the new traffic information centre, Garmin 3D Traffic. Each of these new functions provides for better orientation during the journey, and ensures that drivers arrive more rested and relaxed. The display is more realistic, but that is not all: these mobile aids can now offer a more personal touch.
For example, POIs (points of interest) can be prioritized on the main map at the touch of a finger. Moreover, during the search new categories can be introduced with personalized short-cut commands. A rapid search is also guaranteed.
8. Into the great outdoors: new portable digital radio
The extended DAB standard DAB+ is being introduced throughout Germany on 1 August. Starting in September the Grundig range of digital radios is being augmented by the introduction of the Music 51 DAB+. The kitchen radio Sonoclock 890 Web and the Cosmopolit 7 Web can already receive the DAB+ signal.
With its large, broadband loudspeakers, the portable FM and digital radio Music 51 DAB+ offers outstanding performance: the quality of its music reproduction is equal to that of a CD, both indoors and outdoors, because this new model can be powered either by batteries or from a mains supply. The controls could not be easier: press the button to select a station, adjust the loudspeaker and enjoy.
9. 3D home cinema with polarized screen
The new internet 3D-ready LET42-M500P television being exhibited by Haier at IFA is ideal for displaying 3D content, due to its high contrasts and brilliant colours. A resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, in combination with 200-Hz technology, provides picture definition that is accurate in every detail, even for moving images, while the SRS TruSurround XT system supplements the visual impression with virtual acoustics.
The 3D system with its polarization filter technology provides a fully threedimensional movie experience. HbbTV technology (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) enables internet content to be shown on the TV screen. Like all Haier television sets the M500P offers a time shift function and enables recordings to be made onto USB data media.
10. Internet on the TV screen – with the Android Box
Internet on the TV screen – with the Android Box The new TV Box from Hama now enables an extensive range of Android 2.2 functions to be displayed on television sets.
Simply connect the box to the television via HDMI and via WLAN or LAN to the router in order to surf the internet, chat, or play back music, images and videos. Office Suite is already pre-loaded, to enable all the usual Office documents to be processed. Apps and widgets can also be downloaded from the Appstore.