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Weird tech of IFA 2106

Acer Predator 21

Acer Predator 21

Acer Predator 21

Alcatel Vision

Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod

Pawbo+

Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman

Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman

HP Slice

HP Slice

HP Slice

AEG Electrolux ComfortLift

Catalyst waterproof case for Pokemon Go

HP Omen X Desktop

HP Omen X Desktop

HP Omen X VR PC Pack

Samsung VR

Sanbot

Bosch 360 Indoor Camera

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Refrigerator

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Refrigerator

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Refrigerator

Sphero BB-8

Sphero BB-8

Windowmate

Windowmate

The annual IFA tech trade show sees the industry descend on Berlin, bringing their coolest kit. One way to stand out from the crowd is to do something unusual, innovative or downright weird. Here are some of the more novel gadgets that caught our eye.

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You'd better have a sturdy lap for the Acer Predator 21. This gargantuan gaming laptop weighs 8 kilograms, or 17 pounds, and boasts a whopping 21-inch screen.

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It's a beast of a machine, with wacky features including a trackpad that you can remove and flip over -- there's a numberpad on the other side.

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The Predator 21 will cost at least $5,000.

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Unlike, for instance, Samsung's Gear VR, the Alcatel Vision headset doesn't need a phone to provide virtual reality visuals. It's a standalone device with two OLED displays inside, one for each eye.

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A compact snapper from high-end camera mavens Hasselblad? Not so fast...

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This is a Moto Mod, one of the range of accessories that clip on the Motorola Moto Z modular smartphone.

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Hasselblad provides the camera smarts, including this 10x zoom.

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Treat your pet even when you're out of the house with the Acer Pawbo+, which lets you video chat with your pets and even dispense a nibble by tapping a button on your phone.

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You think having a smartphone that plays music put an end to the humble MP3 player? Sony doesn't think so. In fact, Sony thinks you'll pay $3,200 (roughly £2,400 or AU$4,200) for the NW-WM1Z Walkman.

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Who wouldn't pay a few grand for a device that only does one thing? It's a gold-plated bargain (literally -- the copper body is encased in gold).

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With the HP Slice, you don't need to know anything about RAMs or ROMs to build your own PC.

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The Slice has different modules that you stack up to build the PC you want.

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Modules include an optical disc drive, an audio module or a speakerphone lid with touch controls for Skype video and audio calls. A wireless charging cover will also allow you to plonk your phone on top of the Slice and juice it up without a cable.

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This may look like a regular dishwasher, but it has one unusual and welcome feature: The bottom drawer is on a lever so it rises to waist height as you pull it out. Tall people of the world just felt their backs give a sigh of relief.

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Gotta catch 'em all! This waterproof case protects your phone while you're out seeking Snorlaxes.

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The HP Omen X Desktop puts a new angle on cube-shaped PCs.

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The Omen X sits perched on one edge to keep it cool because air can flow around more of the surface area.

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And if that's not weird enough, here's the Omen X virtual reality backpack. It's a full-featured gaming desktop you wear on your back so you can play around in virtual reality without tripping over any cables. Sounds like a good Omen to us.

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Samsung employed bungee cords and a big drop to inject a bit of reality into this virtual reality simulator, in which you feel like you're jumping into a volcano.

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Helper robot Sanbot is covered in sensors and boasts three cameras and a projector.

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This smart home camera monitors your home when you're out. And when you're home, it pops its little head back in its shell like a turtle. A watchful, security-minded turtle.

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LG and Sharp have both introduced fridges with tablet-like screens in the doors. But that's not all...

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Knock on the glass of the LG Smart Instaview fridge and the screen tuns translucent so you can see what's in there without opening the door and letting out any precious chilliness.

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The touchscreen is still a touchscreen when it is see-through so you can call up these markers, like digital Post-It notes, and place them over the items in the fridge. So for example, you could mark the ice-cold brews with a digital sticker that says "Dad."

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Well hello there, little fella! The cute BB-8 droid from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is yours to take home, and now you can control it using the Force.

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Or rather, the Force Band, a wearable that translates your gestures into movement by BB-8. Wave your hand to send BB-8 off with secret plans, or wave again to bring it back.

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You've seen the Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner that beetles about your carpet taking care of dirt. Now raise a glass to Roomba's horizontal cousin: Windowmate.

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This robot window cleaner defies both dirt and gravity as it clamps on to both sides of a window, saving you from the pane.

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And finally, this garbage-collecting robot was wheeling around outside the show. It's basically a trash can on wheels. It's a candroid.

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