Every year all manner of home appliance manufacturers and technology companies from across the globe travel to Berlin for the IFA trade show. There they unveil and showcase their creations for the world to see and hopefully buy. Couldn't make the trip? Not to worry. Here's the best of the smart home tech we saw, beginning with this oven.
Designed to simplify the home cooking process, the SenseCook from Electrolux subsidiary AEG uses standard temperature probes and a clever interface to demystify meal prep.
The Bosch kitchen mixer includes a built-in scale to accurately measure your baking ingredients. The countertop appliance also boasts smart sensors that can automatically detect when your eggs or dough are mixed to the correct consistency.
Using a smaller format than full width dishwashers, the Bosch PerfectDry is compact enough to squeeze into tight kitchens. That's more of a concern here in Europe, where houses are smaller and apartments more common.
A special ingredient, a mineral called zeolite, helps the Bosch PerfectDry to remove moisture from tableware by the time the cycle is done. Apparently zeolite is ultra absorbent plus retains heat for increased water evaporation.
Inside the Bosch Twinguard smoke detector are not just one but two main sensors for sniffing out danger in the home. The gadget has a photoelectric smoke detector, a staple of traditional units, along with a nose for measuring air purity.
The Bosch Twinguard certainly doesn't look like your typical smoke detector from decades past. Matching its exterior, the home safety device is smart enough to talk to home Wi-Fi networks and supports IFTTT to communicate with a wider world of internet-connected household objects, products and platforms.
Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG has unveiled its own smart refrigerator equipped with a huge touchscreen display. Called the Smart Instaview Door-in-Door, this fancy icebox can act like a gigantic tablet running the Microsoft Cortana voice assistant.
Essentially a refrigerator and personal computer in one appliance, the Smart Instaview runs the full Windows 10 operating system. As such you can view and interact with animated tiles, which represent software apps.
Appliance maker Miele has traditionally been reluctant to jump on the bagless vacuum trend, citing poorer performance as its main reason. At IFA 2016, however, the company changed course and unveiled its first cyclonic upright vacuum, the Blizzard CX1.
On the outside, the angular design and flat surface of the Miele Blizzard CX1 harkens back to the 1980s when bagless vacuums first hit the market. On the inside, however, is an updated system which Miele says delivers more suction but less noise than current canister vacs.
Top of the line, the Neato D5 Connected is the company's flagship robot vacuum model. Despite a reasonable price, the gadget is designed to sweep floors with laser precision and draws power from an advanced lithium-ion battery. The machine also connects to home Wi-Fi and can be control via a mobile app.
Samsung brought a new version of its Family Hub Smart Fridge to Berlin too. This model is essentially half the size of the US product. Regardless, the appliance has all the internet-connected abilities of its large cousin -- albeit less room for groceries.