The best new technology we saw at IFA 2019

LIKE A is Europe’s equivalent of CES in Las Vegas. MakeUseOf reported from the Berlin-based consumer electronics show. To wrap up our coverage, here are the new products that impressed us the most.

Curious about the history of IFA and what Rammstein has to do with it? Scroll all the way down for some background information and tidbits.

The best new tech products at IFA 2019

Adidas FWD-01 Wireless Running Earbuds

We appreciated the elegant design of these earbuds. The collaboration between Zound and Adidas resulted in a visually appealing product with smart functions. For example, the earphones are sweat-resistant and don’t completely attenuate sound, so you stay aware of your surroundings when you’re running.

MakeUseOf readers indirectly voted this product their most popular of IFA 2019.

Read more about the Adidas FWS-01 wireless earbuds here:

Shiftphone, the sustainable smartphone

Are you longing for an ethically responsible and environmentally friendly smartphone? The best choice today might be the Shiftphone, not the Fairphone.

SHIFT has been around since 2015. With five generations of smartphones in their pocket, they will release a new model in 2020. And what we saw at IFA this year surprised us. A fully modular phone that continues to work even if you remove parts.

Gavin Phillips, Kannon Yamada and James Frew chose this as their favorite product at IFA 2019. James summed it up best:

The Shiftphone is proof that instead of flashy marketing budgets and gimmick-based features, it’s possible to make a durable, repairable smartphone. The company has been operating for nearly half a decade, proving that an ethical business model is sustainable. The phone itself is also a marvel, and is almost as good as eating and eating your cake.

Read our full coverage of the Shiftphone here:

Asus ProArt StudioBook One laptop for creatives

Asus’ latest flagship is a high-end laptop with powerful graphics, plenty of RAM and storage, and still only 2.9 kg (6.4 pounds).

The extravagant design of this laptop keeps your hands cool at all times. Asus turned the screen into the case and removed any heat-generating components, such as the CPU, GPU, or battery, from the keyboard and trackpad.

Ian Buckley chose this as his favorite product from IFA 2019:

Just an insanely good laptop with some unique features.

Read all about the Asus ProArt StuioBook One in our short:

Smarter fridge camera for your old fridge

If you’ve been wondering how to create a smart home without buying new appliances, here’s a must-have gadget. The Smarter FridgeCam is a simple and affordable add-on that can upgrade your old fridge into a smart home appliance.

James Frew loved this product:

Refrigerator cameras are the kind of devices that you think look cool until you discover the price tag of the so-called smart fridge. Instead of buying a new product, Smarter lets you add smart features to otherwise durable and long-lasting products, and it’s a great way to avoid electronic waste. Smarter’s FridgeCam gives you the best of both worlds. It can be retrofitted to any refrigerator, works on Android and iOS devices, and won’t hurt your wallet that much. Along with the iKettle and Smarter Coffee, the FridgeCam is an affordable, accessible way to integrate smarthome products into your kitchen.

Read more about the Smarter FridgeCam.

Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch

Fossil offers some of the most functionally sound smart watches. While they run on the same limited Android Wear operating system as most other smart watches, they make heavy use of smart buttons. Coupled with quality construction and great designs, Fossil smart watches are a safe choice.

Joe Coburn was in love with Fossil watches:

Fossil’s Gen 5 watch is a beautiful smart watch. This watch looks good enough to change this analog watch fan, and the range of colors available is enough variety for everyone’s taste. The limited Edition Michael Kors models increase the bling factor considerably (albeit at a higher price). However, Wear OS is still the black sheep of the Android family.

At IFA, we covered the Michael Kors Access line, which includes Fossil’s Gen 5 hardware.

AGFA Realipix Square S

This 2-in-1 camera takes great photos and can print them right away. Thanks to the integrated LCD screen, you don’t have to guess the frame and you can edit your image before printing. The 4-pass printing technology produces superior photos.

For Kannon Yamada, this was one of the best products at IFA 2019:

It is a strict improvement over already existing products and with a price of 100 euros it is also competitively priced.

Here’s everything else we discovered about the AGFA Realipix Square S:

Miele smart kitchen appliances

Frankly, we never thought we’d be covering kitchen appliances at a technology fair. But we wanted to try something different at IFA. And we found Miele’s smart kitchen appliances amazing.

Joe Coburn had this to say:

Miele’s latest smart home appliances give a glimpse of what we can expect from our technology in the future. While everyone would expect smart home devices to communicate with each other, Miele actually designed them that way. Your cooking app controls the induction hob, which in turn communicates the cooking details with the extractor hood. The future is now.

Read our full post on Miele smart kitchen appliances here:

That concludes our list of the best of IFA 2019. We are already looking forward to returning to IFA in 2020! But first, MakeUseOf will head to Las Vegas in January 2020 to report on CES. Stay tuned!

What is IFA?

Originally launched in Berlin, Germany in 1924, IFA (linternational funkausstellung; international radio exhibition) is one of the world’s first technology exhibitions and today the largest trade fair in Europe. Every year, IFA showcases the latest consumer technology, including product launches from leading electronics brands.

Unlike CES, IFA is open to the public. You see a diverse audience wandering over the exhibition floors. Like other exhibitions, IFA prohibits the sale of products during the show. It’s a family-friendly technology show with an honest atmosphere. And it is located in the political and cultural capital of Germany.

If you’ve always wanted to go to CES but never got into it, try IFA.

trivia: The video for Rammstein’s latest single Radio was shot at Messe Berlin, the venue for IFA and other international trade shows.

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