As a geeky conscious consumer with a soft spot for scifi, after bringing you a glimpse on sustainability in electronics, today I look at key tech topics relevant for the future.
IFA 2016 in numbers
the world of tomorrow
Yes, there were gadgets you will read about for months to come, such as fancy Chinese drones that look like something Daenerys Stormborn would throw into fire to hatch; brand new action cams, the latest in selfie sticks, intelligent paper, lots of different wellness and health focussed products, and so much more. The expo was an Eldorado for food bloggers with cooking events, smart kitchen appliances and smoothie bars.
But let’s not be razzle-dazzled by the sheer amount of cool and fun gadgets and intelligent appliances (we’ll see them in stores in time for Christmas anyway), for there were some key topics of tech innovation that were present at the expo that we as consumers need to wrap our minds around before anything else:
Internet of things & Smart world
Virtual reality & Mixed reality
These are topics we mustn’t hand over to companies and politicians to exclusively deal with because of how deeply they affect our society’s future.
Impressed / Not impressed
A few very personal thoughts!
I WAS QUITE IMPRESSED BY…
1)…the OLED display tunnel by LG. It was a highlight and absolutely not easy to pass without getting knocked over by over-eager camera men! You can watch the tunnel in its starlit and whale-watching glory on YouTube.
2) Impressive: the new Philips HUE lamps. In the casa BEAUTYCALYPSE, we’ve been using the HUE bulbs and app to help us transform from owls into larks. There is a dimmed sunset light theme starting at sunset, that turns into a warm pinkish red one hour prior to bedtime: a soft and pleasant signal to switch off those blue light devices!
3) For the win: the super energy-efficient refrigerators suitable for vegans or vegetarians like the A+++ Bluperformance series by Liebherr. Another “cool” highlight: LG have introduced a Windows 10 refrigerator with InstaView, a really useful digital replacement for ye olde fridge magnets – one that turns semi-transparent by one knock of your foot to show you the contents (no cam involved).
THINGS I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY
1) Smart watch attempts looking too retro for 2016 and too modern for retro. Apple Watch season 2 FTW, buggers!
2) Where art thou, sustainability talks, workshops, presentations? I couldn’t find you, and I went searching. Maybe you hid all too well?
3) And then there was Amazon’s Dash button – the best example for a clash between the high standards of European consumer protection and the futuristic ideas of cultivating the perfect consumer.