The strangest gadgets at Berlin’s IFA tech show

BERLIN (AFP) – Berlin’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) tech show is the largest in Europe, and while the hype may not match its American big brother CES (Consumer Electronics Show), there’s no shortage of weird and wonderful devices to reward curious visitors.


I-Porter may be the solution for those fed up with juggling phone, passport, boarding pass and hand luggage at the airport.

The cabin-sized suitcase is motorised and follows its human master with the aid of a laser detection system.

If you’re worried about its affections straying, an optional Bluetooth bracelet can help avoid mix-ups.

Around 1,500 euros (USD1,733).

The I-Porter suitcase during the IFA in Berlin on August 31. – PHOTOS: AP

AEG’s pans with built-in sensors

German home electronics maker AEG is offering a range of frying pans and saucepans with built-in sensors.

They can step in to turn down the heat quickly if it looks like your dish risks bubbling over or browning too close to black.


It’s not quite the universal translator promised by Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but the Pocketalk (around 230 euros) makes a fair stab.

Speak a phrase into the hand-held box and it will translate into more than 70 languages – as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi or the mobile network and doesn’t mishear you.

The Pocketalk translator

Bang and Olufsen’s Beosound Edge

Danish high-end audio specialists Bang and Olufsen show off a futuristic, tactile speaker, the Beosound Edge, that can be attached to the wall or placed on a table.

To adjust the volume, just roll the almost featureless circular device to left or right.

Touch controls appear on the surface when the proximity sensors detect you are close.