IFA 2018 Best Tech Gadgets on Display

The Samsung 85-inch 8K QLED TV
With its slim borders, display sharpness and 4,000-nit brightness, Samsung’s new QLED TV positively wowed audiences. Buyers shouldn’t be put off by the fact that there isn’t much native 8K content out there to enjoy this massive. Samsung claims that the television’s upscaling technology can transform 4K images into 8K without compromising picture quality.

Mantis Q drone
The Mantis Q by Yuneec offers several high-end drone features for a relatively small cost of $500. The drone comes equipped with a 4K camera, stabilization and foldable arms that make it easy to carry with you. Add to that some comparatively unique features, such as voice control and face detection, and Yuneec looks prepared to take on market leader DJI.

Samsung’s The Frame
Samsung’s The Frame — a television that doubles as a digital art display — has also received an upgrade this year. The Frame now comes in a rather sizeable 49-inch model. Samsung’s art catalogue has also been updated. For just €5 per month, you can choose from a variety of famous artworks, turning your living room into the Louvre.

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The “Internet of Things” and Smart Homes continues to expand
While the “Internet of Things” is not a particularly new concept, it has been slow to take off. That could all be about to change. At IFA, several household goods manufacturers, including German conglomerate Bosch, showed off their array of new connected goods, from washing machines to ovens. Several manufacturers and upcoming startups are all competing to make your home more intelligent.

Kokoon headphones
This London-based company has designed a pair of noise-cancelling headphones designed to help you sleep. While you can, of course, listen to music or podcasts, the Kokoon headphones also come loaded with breath exercises and relaxation instructions. The earpieces come packed with electrodes that measure your brain waves, so the device knows when you’re calm, relaxed and ready for some shut-eye.

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