Smart lights, speakers, security and more
IFA is always a hotbed for new technology, and IFA 2020 – despite what’s going on in the world – is no exception.
From Philips Hue to August, plenty of big names are causing a sensation in Berlin this year, and below we’ve rounded up the best of what has been featured …
LG ThinQ Home gives us a glimpse of the future
LG ThinQ house is a true residence of the South Korean city of Pangyo (known as Korea’s Silicon Valley).
LG claims to be “the ideal future home designed to provide a safer and more convenient lifestyle using the company’s latest devices and computer technology.. “
We say, this is awesome. No spoilers, watch the video yourself to see what the smart home could do with it.
LG also unveiled some new features smart refrigerators models with improved InstaView Door-in-Door technology and UVnano, which uses ultraviolet LED light technology to disinfect water dispenser outlets once per hour.
There was also the launch of the LG CineBeam HU810P 4K projector, which can do UHD (3840 x 2160) up to a screen size of 300 inches.
Philips Hue Play gradient light strip enhances your boring TV
A plethora of new smart bulbs and lamps have been announced in Berlin, but the most notable device is undoubtedly the Philips Hue Play light strip, which wants to add Ambilight functionality to your TV.
Unlike the usual Hue light strips, which all need to be set to the same color, the new gradient model is able to mix shades and colors thanks to a series of individually addressable LEDs.
These LEDs are capable of producing over 16 million colors and offer 45 degree light projection and perfectly blended light gradient.
The idea is Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip Sticks on the back of your TV and reproduces the colors you see on the screen.
Signify – Hue’s parent company – also used IFA 2020 to take the covers for an army of new smart lighting options, like the Hue Iris 2020 lamp, with improved brightness of 570 lumens, super low dimming, Bluetooth and some new sleek metallic finishes; gold, rose, silver and copper.
Blink’s new cameras offer four years of battery life
Amazon Property smart security camera The Blink specialist has launched two new connected cameras and returned to its formula of economical wireless cameras.
the Indoor blink and outdoor blink offer two years of battery life on a pair of AA batteries and that can double to four years, if you add the new Blink expansion pack which costs $ 30.
Tado modernizes its smart heating system
Tado, the German heating specialist, claims that its latest and best smart thermostat – the Tado V3 + Smart Thermostat – is now easier than ever to install and is compatible with 95% of all heating systemss.
As with the previous model, it works with heating systems that already have a wired thermostat connected to the boiler, or by replacing a wireless device with the wireless receiver extension kit capable of communicating between the boiler, the thermostat itself and the Tado Bridge that connects everything to the web.
Also announced, the new Tado wireless temperature sensors are equipped with temperature and humidity sensors and are capable of controlling multiple smart radiator thermostats in a room or group of rooms.
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential gets back to basics
That’s not a Google smart display like its feature-rich predecessor, but is more of a basic Google Assistant smart speaker with an LED display on the front, giving you the time, date and weather and temperature.
Alexa gets premium audio hit on Teufel Hotlist speakers
It’s not just on budget devices that we’ve seen smart speaker innovation. Voice assistants built into high-end speakers are becoming more and more common and the latest audio specialist to jump on the smart speaker bandwagon is the German company Teufel, with the Hotlist M and Hotlist S.
The Hotlist M and S are a pair of super stylish hexagonal shaped bookshelf speakers; the M is the larger of the two at 40cm – compared to 22.5cm on the S – and the M can also be attached to an optional stand.
Both speakers have the touchscreen at the top for commands, as well as Alexa light and microphones to pick up your voice commands.
Neato D10 presents a new trio of robot vacuums
Neato used IFA 2020 to reveal a trio of new robot vacuums: the Neato D10, D9 and D8 were all announced at the big tech expo in Berlin.
Neato returned to this D-shaped design again; a shape that he thinks is better equipped to stand up in the corners of your house or circular robot vacuum cleaners could struggle.
The Neato D10 is the Californian company’s new flagship model, with an impressive 150-minute battery life, a True HEPA filter that captures up to 99.97% of allergens and particles like dust (as small as 0.3 microns ) and a LaserSmart LIDAR based navigation system.
The best of the rest …
- Ring’s line of cameras and doorbells will soon be able to connect to Lutron smart lighting systems, so you can set the lights to automatically turn on when your Ring device detects motion.
- On the same track, August and Hue announced that their products will also perform well in the future.
- The Harman Kardon Citation 200 was officially launched at the show. the Google Assistant smart speaker is IPX4 splash resistant and also has Apple AirPlay on board as well as.
- Samsung has announced its brand new 4K Ultra Short Throw laser projector, The Premiere.