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Innovations at IFA Berlin 2018

IFA has always regarded itself as a hotspot for technological trends in our kitchens, in the home and home entertainment. Voice control has found its way into all kinds of appliances and devices. Having touchscreens on kitchen appliances has become almost just as everyday as using an app for food management. With so many things being the same, what really counts for manufacturers and customers is a purist type of design that fits in with today' lifestyles, while offering a sense of individuality at the same time.

Digital technology, with AI and big data, continues to challenge us all and arouses our curiosity. We asked well-known manufacturers about what they will be presenting to the public as particularly innovative at the IFA 2018.

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Anyone who wants to equip a new kitchen today can choose from between modular and built-in appliances from major suppliers, who feel committed to realizing a purist design concept and modern functionality. “The fusion of beautiful design with the latest technologies, while still preserving the essential essence of a product – that is the goal of LG SIGNATURE,” is how Song Dae-hyun, President of the LG Home Appliance & Air Solution division explains the concept. This company showcases its newest products in the Premium Series at this year's IFA. The LG SIGNATURE wine cabinet is equipped with an automatic lift function at the touch of a button to give you access to a maximum of 65 wine bottles stored within. White wine, red wine, Madeira and rosé all in one cabinet? Thanks to the innovative multi-temperature control, LG promises optimal storage conditions for all types of wine at the same time. Use the voice control feature to open the tinted glass door and to switch on the sparingly dosed interior light.

The new LG SIGNATURE high-end tumble dryer also offers intelligent functions. With a total capacity of 10 kilograms, it automatically adjusts to the amount of laundry actually loaded. The manufacturers have made life easy for the user and included a dryer condenser that automatically cleans itself. And if you are standing in front of the new LG SIGNATURE refrigerator-freezer combination with both hands full, voice control makes “open sesame” – something you wished for in your childhood – the real thing. In the meantime, many manufacturers have opted for doors without handles and incorporate an “auto-door-open function”. > IFA Hall 18 / 101 + Summer Garden / A 10

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Bosch is a manufacturer who has achieved this in an impressive way with the accent line carbon black for fitted kitchens, which will celebrate its premiere at the IFA 2018. The elegant, rich black draws attention to the subtleties of the controls of this series, whereby individual appliances can be freely combined with one another. Harmony by way of skillful reduction was the goal behind the design.

“The most important stylistic element in art and design is not the color, but the interplay between light and shadow,” says Bosch Chief Designer Robert Sachon. The elegant black-glass front includes an operating ring made of brushed, stainless steel coated with DLC (diamond-like carbon) and the brushed, black-anodized metal handle. The accent line carbon black includes ovens, hobs, heat drawers, sous-vide drawers, extractor hoods, microwaves and fully automatic coffee makers in a single, range-wide design idiom. The selection also includes a fully integrated dishwasher and the Vario Style fridge-freezer combination in carbon black.

Bosch had already presented the Vario Style last year and has now also received the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 for the first fridge-freezer combination with easy-to-replace colored door fronts. Pearl aubergine, pearl bronze, pearl green, pearl anthracite and light gray are the new colors. Altogether, there are now 24 colors to choose from for more personal style in a well-designed kitchen. Thanks to an attachment system with concealed brackets and magnets, the durable door fronts can be replaced in an instant without requiring the use of any tools. > IFA Hall 3.1 / 101

Refrigerators are now displaying an increasing amount of innovation on the inside as well, a development that most certainly made a positive impression on the iF DESIGN AWARD jury at the beginning of the year.

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Liebherr has expanded its BluPerformance series by adding the side-by-side SBSes 8486, a freestanding fridge-freezer with six different temperature zones to perfectly store all your foods. Innovative BioFresh-Plus technology offers illuminated BioFresh drawers, which can be pulled out fully and are equipped with a convenient self-closing mechanism. The VarioSafe drawer offers the best overview and plenty of space for small-scale food items and can be adjusted to the right height as needed. Energy, time and effort are also saved by the flexible Fish & Seafood box, which can be set to a temperature of 0 °C or -2 °C, the NoFrost freezer and the automatic ice maker. In addition, wine enthusiasts will appreciate two independently adjustable wine cabinets in the temperature range of +5 °C to +20 °C. > IFA Hall 2.1 / 201

As for the BOSCH, LG and Samsung appliances, the fact that apps can now be used to control this fridge-freezer with the corresponding displays on the refrigerator door is no less important as part of the trend towards connectivity to be seen at the IFA 2018 in many different large and small appliances. Another trend also becomes evident at the show: manufacturers are now relying on greater flexibility in the kitchen. Divided cooking areas in one appliance make it possible to cook for a larger number of guests or to prepare two dishes separately but at the same time.

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Samsung, for example, will feature its NV7000 Dual Cook Flex built-in oven at this year's show. Two hot-air fans make it possible to have two independent cooking chambers, separated by a removable cooking chamber divider, which looks much like a baking sheet. This means that it is possible to use only one cooking chamber, either at the top or the bottom, without transferring any odors or taste. Temperature, cooking time and operating mode can be set individually for each cooking chamber. The oven door is also divided in the middle as an additional energy-saving feature. Pyrolysis and steam-cleaning make the oven self-cleaning. The new NV7000 oven is now available in stainless steel, black stainless steel and black glass designs. > IFA Hall A, City Cube / 102 + Hall B, City Cube / 101

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As far as small appliances are concerned, the big trends can be seen in the smaller details. WMF, for example, is presenting a new series of kitchen appliances in elegant metal shades for smaller sized households. The WMF KÜCHENminis® Serie (kitchen minis series) promises “healthy food, gentle preparation, downsizing and increased efficiency”, in keeping with the motto of “less is more”. The WMF KÜCHENminis® have been developed to save space, reduce the use of valuable resources and save energy. Intuitive operation and the possibility of preparing individual portions make this series the perfect choice for one or two-person households in particular. It currently consists of 23 appliances. For the IFA 2018, three appliances will also be available in the colors copper and graphite for the first time. > IFA Hall 6.1 / 102

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A number of improvements were made on the WMF Ambient series, which was already launched in 2017 and aims to express style and elegance with its clean design made of matte Cromargan®. The WMF Ambient champagne and wine cooler is sure to be a real eyecatcher on any patio or terrace: two integrated LED light rings can be adjusted to three brightness levels with a light touch on the base and can replace a lantern for up to four hours. Simply put the ice pack into a freezer before using it. Batteries supply the power if there is no power outlet available.

WMF is also featuring innovative cooking technology. Sous-vide cooking (vacuum cooking) cooks foods gently in a vacuum-sealed pouch and water bath using the low-temperature method. It is possible to achieve the individually desired degree of doneness by precisely controlling the temperature in the smallest of units. With the WMF Lono Sous Vide Garer Pro (which, according to the manufacturer, will be available from mid-November), cooking becomes as transparent as glass, thanks to the six-liter BPA-free Tritan water tank with Cromargan® elements on the housing. The cooker is controlled by an LC display and the program also includes a slow-cook insert. > IFA Hall 6.1 / 102

The timeless metal shades of color already found in the kitchen area reflect the current heritage style and go hand in hand with the return to natural materials in product design. In the TV segment, for example, German manufacturer Loewe will be offering a special color combination to coincide with next year's Bauhaus anniversary.

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At the IFA 2018, Loewe will showcase the 65-inch bild 5 Color Code, a special edition of the bild 5 OLED TV that has already won an iF DESIGN AWARD 2018. In collaboration with designer Bodo Sperlein, an extraordinary, warm palette of colors was created to match the oak base of the Loewe bild 5. At the same time, it subtly pays homage to the Bauhaus color theories with the three signature colors of Himalayan rosé, citrine yellow and fog blue. Thus, the television becomes a design object. The OLED image quality, which provides for natural image impressions, also stands for technological sophistication. Such additional modules as an 80-watt stereo sound system with a closed bass reflex speaker and the Loewe klang 5 system (270 watts) will satisfy even the most discerning tastes. The Loewe Digital Audio Link can connect the individual modules wirelessly to create a complete home entertainment system with room-filling sound effects. > IFA Hall 24 / 101-101a

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Perfect sound is also one of the top priorities for the presentation of new products coming from Harman, the audio specialist.

The Harman Kardon Citation wireless multi-room and multi-channel voice enabled audio system is the next generation of premium home audio systems. It combines pure and elegant design with innovative technology and user-optimized applications. The speakers feature the brand's signature industrial design accented with thoughtful elements, including elegant aluminum detailing. Winter gray or classic black wool fabric from Kvadrat, the European leader in acoustic textiles, puts the finishing touches on the refined and sleek look of the equipment. A high-resolution dynamic screen touch interface allows the easy, intuitive management of the system. For active voice control, Citation features the Google Assistant and comes with built-in Chromecast. The Citation speaker lineup features various options, including multiple countertop speaker options, a soundbar, powered subwoofer and a pair of tower speakers. To create a dynamic sound experience, the speakers can be used individually or as a powerful 5.1-channel surround sound system. > IFA Funkturm Indoor Ground / 100

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With superior sound quality on a small scale, LG Electronics presents its new LG Q STYLUS, a mid-range smartphone with premium functions. DTS:X sound enables 3D surround sound when headphones are used. This smartphone primarily targets business travelers, who can use the intelligent stylus pen to write notes by hand and thus quickly record their spontaneous thoughts on the display. The borderless 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision display delivers particularly bright colors for good screen visibility – ideal for working on a smartphone. > IFA Hall 18 / 101 + Summer Garden / A10

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ASUS aims to provide "the most seamless and joyful digital life for everyone" and is bringing the ZenFone 5 Family to the IFA. The all-screen design and AI technology inside every ZenFone5/5z makes it more than just a phone: it's an intelligent companion who's always there. “More screen, same size” It's the ergonomic design that not only lets you see more, but is much less bulky and more comfortable to hold. This year, ASUS incorporated AI into the camera. Its built-in neural processing capabilities allow the ZenFone5/5z to not only identify 16 different kinds of scenes, but also to adjust the settings to make for pixel-perfect photos.

The ZenFone5/5z, featuring the full HD+ display, with 90% screen-to-body ratio and gorgeous 2.5D-curved glass, delivers an immersive visual experience, fitting a large 6.2-inch screen into a compact 5.5-inch body. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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Samsung has something new to adorn your wrist: the New Samsung Galaxy Watch. With its long-lasting battery life of up to seven days, it helps users accomplish more with new stress and sleep monitoring capabilities, in addition to offering a more robust line up of style options including two sizes (42 mm, 46 mm) and three color variants (Silver, Midnight Black and Rosé Gold), and new customizable watch strap colors. 4G connectivity, which is to be available at a later date, stands for a true standalone experience across devices through messaging, calls, mapping and music. Designed with wellness in mind, the Galaxy Watch offers a stress management tracker as well as an advanced sleep tracker. For the first time, the Galaxy Watch features analog watch ticks and hourly chimes, and a depth effect that casts shadows defining every detail on the watch face to face for a traditional look and feel. > IFA Hall A, City Cube / 102 + Hall B, City Cube 101

If consumer electronics in general are currently approaching the limits of their growth, this is presumably least true for gaming hardware, which will also be on display at the IFA with new achievements that are certain to make a gamer's heart beat faster. For mobile gaming in particular, the fastest growing segment within video games, ASUS is presenting interesting innovations at the IFA with its sub-brands, Republic of Gamers (ROG) and TUF Gaming. ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphic cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers, peripherals and gaming phones. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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With the TUF Gaming GT501, they are showcasing a durable PC chassis equipped with three powerful 140mm PWM fans and up to seven mounting points for targeted airflow. Solid steel and special coatings give complete protection to gaming components, supplemented by an ergonomic woven-cotton carry handles system for instant transport, safely and easily. The magnetic, pull-out dust filters are easy to clean. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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The ROG Strix Fusion 700 gaming headset has already won an iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 on the basis of its engineering quality, aesthetic design and gamer intuitive functions that are guaranteed to deliver an all-around gaming audio experience. The ROG Hybrid ear cushions combine protein leather and breathable, fabric mesh for enhanced comfort. Furthermore, with its lightweight, foldable form, the headset is ideal to be used while traveling, commuting, and for outdoor listening in addition to gaming. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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The ROG Phone with an innovative cooling system for sustained gaming performance, features two ultrasonic AirTriggers to provide ultra-responsive touch-sensitive controls for landscape-mode gaming, and a unique range of accessories for enhanced gaming experience with side-mounted connectors. A detachable AeroActive Cooler ensures that the CPU delivers its maximum sustained gaming performance at all times. The TwinView Dock turns the ROG Phone into a dual-screen handheld console with an extra 6,000 mAh battery, perfect for live-streaming and video chat, while the Mobile Desktop Dock lets players connect a TV, speaker, mouse and keyboard for desktop-style gaming. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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If you prefer a monitor for playing, you'll find the latest ASUS innovation at the IFA: the ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor for 4K UHD (3840x2160) content at a 144Hz refresh rate, to provide gamers with detailed ultra-high definition visuals at extremely super-smooth frame-rates. This treats gamers to unmatched levels of detail, with sharp images and crisp text. Light Signature lets you create and customize light projection effects. It adopts simple line and curve to create an amazing, graceful figure. A titanium and plasma copper color scheme make it stand out in high platform. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

The new ASUS ZenBook series is equipped with a built-in Cortana, Microsoft's digital personal assistant, who can answer all your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk to her. Moreover, Cortana will keep track of your needs and wants, and, over time, she learns to improve her information-gathering skills.

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The ASUS ZenBook S (UX391) incorporates an innovative design that raises and tilts the keyboard by 5.5° — the optimum angle for comfortable typing. The ErgoLift Hinge translates as a big improvement for your typing experience. This laptop sports longer battery life, visual-balance narrow bezel, and better speaker performance. To provide an improved user experience, ZenBook S has a powerful thunderbolt hub to help a heavy-software-working user with an external graphic card in the home and office, or for light work in a coffee shop with an ultra-slim laptop.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro (UX580) series is a forward-looking, advanced design with expert craftsmanship that can deliver a whole new incredible interaction experience. The jaw-dropping new ScreenPad adds magic to creativity, familiar multi-point touch screen and intuitive UI design. Packed with state-of-the-art components, the ZenBook Pro series is capable of shaming many desktops; it adopts advanced finger-print and multitouch display technology, providing users with fluent user performance and powerful productivity. > IFA Hall 25 / 215

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