Welcome to IFA 2019, the Berlin-based trade show where the world's tech companies get together to show off their latest shiny gadgets. We've already seen Samsung's new Galaxy Fold and Amazon's new gear, but here we're taking a look at some of the more quirky products we've found.
First up, Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle gets to grips -- literally -- with a pillow that purrs like a cat and has a mechanical tail that swishes around. Andrew dearly misses his wonderful orange cat Toulouse, who wasn't allowed to attend the trade show, so this pillow is serving well as a substitute for now.
You might recognize Thronos from its debut at IFA 2018. The difference this year? A massage add-on.
Samsung's Bot Chef robot is a proof of concept, and we wouldn't expect to see it in stores any time soon, but it made a mean salt cod with beurre blanc in a demo here in Berlin.
The second-generation Wiz bulbs look to improve on the first models with even more features. You'll be able to program ordinary light switches to trigger scenes, so you can flip your bathroom switch twice at night to turn the lights on at a dim level.
Wiz has second-gen white and color-changing bulbs, but the coolest is this stylish filament bulb. Philips Hue just debuted a similar bulb, but this model from Wiz will be able to change to different shades of white.
This unique sensor sits on the wall above your stove. It senses air quality and alerts you if it gets too low so you know to air out your kitchen.
It also senses heat and motion. If the stove is hot and you're not around, it can sound a siren and send you an alert.
Safera Sense will also work with appliance manufacturers to automatically turn off the stove in the future.
Nuki showed off a smart lock at IFA, and this unique model is destined for Europe and meant to retrofit on an intercom system.
While Roli makes various products for DJs and professional music producers, its latest product, Lumi, is designed more for learning, with a dedicated iPad app aimed at helping budding musicians get up to speed.
The PowerWatch claims to never need recharging, thanks to its ability to draw some of its power from your body heat.
You might recognize the Braun logo from your toothbrush, but in fact the German company used to make speakers. This new set is its first in 28 years, modeled after a design Braun first debuted in 1959.
The new Brauns have all the modern trappings layered onto their classic looks, including wireless stereo pairing, a built in microphone that works with Google Assistant capability built-in, and a physical button to cut off the microphone for privacy.
Pricing starts at $379 for the LE03 model, scales up to $1,199 for the top-end LE01. They hit retail in October.
Photographers will appreciate Seagate's tiny SSD, which offers between a $109 500GB (pictured) to the $195 1TB of storage in an eminently portable design. Available in October.
This tiny, emotionally responsive gadget from Yukai Engineering will supposedly tilt its head and light up when it hears words like "happy" and other emotionally resonant phrases. You can also use it for two-way conversations between bots.
There's probably not a real guy in there.
The soul of a unicorn, commercialized into an Alexa speaker with an LED light inside.
An irrigation kit you attach to an outdoor faucet. It's designed to control two different sprinkler systems on a timer. Works with Alexa, naturally.
Seen here in the pseudo-wild. We wrote this up a few months ago when iRobot first announced it.
It's a lamp, it's a mirror, it's an Amazon Alexa speaker. Comes out this year for $350.
Definitely not a laser eye that'll slice you in half.
We saw this at CES, but it's worth resurfacing this camera-equipped pin that can capture your baby's point of view (i.e. your exhausted face at three in the morning).
Clip these sensors to your drumsticks, and even your feet, to interact with a tablet-based app that mimics a drum kit.
These GPS hand-wraps tell you when to turn via haptic feedback as well as the included screen. It looks like a good way for bicyclists to keep their eyes on the road.
Two cleaning pads at the bottom of each Everybot swirl around to wipe grime from your floors. Not quite a robot vacuum, not quite a robot mop.
Pibo knows. Pibo always knows.
Maybe it's because Pibo's tag line is "Always with you." A microphone and camera-equipped robot that can take photos or record messages and share them with your friends. Pibo can also respond to certain verbal commands. From South Korea-based Circulus.