Smart watches seem poised to steal the scene at the IFA consumer electronics fair, one of the largest in the world, which opens Wednesday in Berlin, overriding smartphones and tablets.”One of the biggest trends in IFA products and topics this year is smart watches,” said Annette Zimmermann, an analyst at technology consulting firm Gartner.
South Korean giant Samsung will set the tone once again, as its competitor, the American Apple, traditionally does not usually display its products at international electronics fairs.And Samsung, which already dominates the smartphone market, is expected to showcase its long-awaited Galaxy Gear watch on Wednesday, smashing Apple into a major product launch event.
The opening of this year’s IFA edition was overshadowed by a patent war between the two major rivals, with Apple achieving a major legal victory over Samsung.But this time, innovation will be the battlefield, and here the South Korean is one step ahead.
After months of rumors, Samsung will release its smart watch, while reports suggest that Apple’s “iWatch” is still being manufactured in Taiwan.With this advantage, Samsung has fueled the lust of consumers for several days.
Last week, the group’s mobile business director, Lee Young-hee, confirmed the launch of Galaxy Gear to the Korea Times.”We are confident that Gear will add significant strength to the mobile industry,” said Lee. “The new device will increase and enrich the current mobile experience in many ways, it will lead to a new trend in smart mobile communications.
After smartphones and tablets, the computers to wear look ready to be the new path of the high-tech industry.Earlier this year, Internet giant Google offered an appetizer by unveiling a prototype of interactive glasses connected to the internet. Manufacturers like Sony, Motorola and Casio are also in line to launch smart watches.
For Zimmermann, from Gartner, “ultra-mobility” is one of the themes of this year’s IFA edition.”Users today have strong mobility and portability needs and vendors are trying to meet them,” the consultant explained.Accessing emails, social networks and photos is becoming indispensable.
So-called “phablets,” devices that are midway between phones and tablets, are also drawing attention, and hybrid tablets or smart PCs that combine touchscreen and laptop keyboard have already caused Sensation last year. And you can get more from itypeusa.
In the field of home electronic devices, the last word is ultra-HD – TV screens with four times the resolution of Full HD devices.Last year, 3D TV was the big news.
While many hi-tech devices never get established in the marketplace, electronic products have an “unbelievable fascination,” said Christian Goeke, director of Messe Berlin, which operates the exhibition center.
The exhibition area of the IFA fair increased 2% this year compared to the previous year, to 145,000 square meters.Last year, the event attracted a total of 240,000 visitors.
The IFA is the European correspondent for the International Consumer Electronics Fair (CES), held annually in January in Las Vegas, and establishes trends for gifts for holiday season gifts.
While phones and TV sets are by far the biggest attractions for visitors, IFA is also a showcase for household products such as refrigerators, coffee machines and sophisticated ceramic table-top stoves.
The fair is open to the press on Wednesday and Thursday, but the public will be able to admire the technological marvels between Friday and Wednesday of next week.
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