BERLIN--Panasonic unveiled two new 3D TVs with 42- and 46-inch diagonals at the IFA electronics show, and this opening slide at the press conference was emblematic of the entire conference. 3D TVs, projectors, glasses, and video cameras pervaded the show as electronics companies sought to encourage a new round of upgrades beyond the flat-panel TV era. Importantly, 3D often looks better on larger screens.
Native Union launched its Moshi Moshi POP handset for mobile phones at the IFA electronics show. It looks like an old-style phone, but it connects to a mobile phone's 3.5mm audio jack. "The handset is ideal for younger audiences," Native Union said, presumably referring to those who don't remember the joys of tangled phone cords.
Also at the show, Yahoo announced that Europe-based TV and set-top box maker Vestel Group signed up for its Connected TV initiative, which like Google TV aims to put Internet-enabled applications on TVs.
Sony CEO Howard Stringer joined pianist Lang Lang to tout Sony's 3D technology at the IFA electronics show. After playing a 3D clip of Lang Lang performing and then offering a live concert shown in 3D on a screen above the pianist's head, Lang Lang said of 3D, "the musical experience becomes even more intense and emotional."
Sony's press conference featured a short concert by pianist Lang Lang, who sells music on Sony's label and who also is the company's "global brand ambassador." Those ambassadorial duties at the IFA electronics show included touting Sony's 3D technology: the concert was shown live in 3D on a large screen, captured by a Sony 3D camera (lurking in the foreground to the left of this photo) and shown with a Sony 3D projector.
Panasonic showed what's behind the scenes of its LCD TVs--specifically, the source of illumination that shines through the LCD element that provides the color. On the right is the earliest technology, cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). In the center are edge-mounted LEDs. At left is the array of LEDs that can be locally dimmed, providing blacks in dark regions.
Dry-box maker Otterbox showed a variety of waterproof containers at IFA, including these geared for small mobile phones, keys, and wallet items for immersion down to 100 feet below the surface. Although the company specializes in waterproof containers, it's also got a business with more conventional rubber and plastic protectors for smartphones.
Not all goes to plan at a big trade show. Here, a Windows-powered Toshiba Libretto tries to recover from bad shutdown. "Windows koennte nicht erfolgreich heruntergefahren nehmen" in English means "Windows did not shut down properly."
The dual-screen Libretto can be used to show pages in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Amid all the 3D TVs at the IFA electronics show were a few models that required no special 3D glasses. However, as with this model from European TV maker Vestel Group, the resolution, color, 3D view, and steadiness of the image doesn't match that available with TVs that require 3D glasses.