BERLIN -- The doors of the IFA tech show in Berlin are open to the public, so I set out to see the weird and wonderful sights the show floor has to offer.
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Samsung's booth was, by far, the busiest place in the whole conference centre.
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A curious face looks over the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
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That's not how you use a watch.
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This cell tower is sadly only decoration -- it didn't help me get any better 3G coverage.
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What do you do when you're finished looking at new gadgets? Play with Lego, of course!
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Sony-branded fedoras might be the most hipster form of advertising.
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Iron Man was on site to make sure things didn't get out of hand. We chatted -- he reckons the Sony QX100 Smart Lens was his favourite thing of the show.
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Frustrated? Take out your rage by pummeling a glove!
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Virtual reality headset Oculus Rift made a few appearances at the show.
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This Samsung washer doesn't wash your baby, but it does wash your baby's clothes.
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Tablet Man: the hero we deserve, but not the one we need right now.
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You can't spend the day checking out shiny tech without a bite to eat.
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Jason found a delightful Samsung smart fridge -- it has a shopping list function and the Epicurious recipe app.
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You can also fine-tune the temperature.
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Samsung's new app will let you control all manner of connected devices, including this whopping air conditioner.
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Jason is understandably taken aback by this enormous robotic vacuum from Samsung.
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A fridge with two doors; open the outer door to browse the contents without losing the cold temperature.
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This robotic arm checks every single Bosch washing machine before the machines are shipped out.
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A rainbow of fridges -- surely there's one to match your kitchen.
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Why not give your washing machine some headphones? Because it's ridiculous, that's why.
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The kitchen gadgets demo zone was a hot spot for free food samples.
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A lady intentionally making a mess. Nobody stopped her.
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One of these things is not like the others. Can you guess which?
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We're back with more fridges! This one also has a tablet embedded in it, to bring up recipes and shopping lists.
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All tech fans need coffee. Luckily, the IFA show has loads of new models to try out, including this EQ 8 Series 900 by Siemens.
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If this happens to your washing machine, call a technician.
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I'm not sure why this man has a chemistry set on his kitchen worktop, and I wasn't brave enough to find out why.
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Too lazy to mow your lawn? Let the robots do the work!
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Now what on earth could these bouncing, glowing dancers be promoting?
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Oh, it's a washing machine. Of course. The chap on the right looks like I felt: puzzled.
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You have to keep your Vitamin C up if you're going to make it the whole way around the show.
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Sun, gadgets, and live DJs. What more can a tech fan ask for?
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JBL had a few unusual ways to promote its presence at the show. Big hair and oversize headphones is always a winning combination.
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Sony's stand was enormous and well kitted out. Unsurprisingly, it was very busy, too.
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You, too, could be this happy if you dropped in to Berlin for the show.
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A stage was set up for live music. We should really get the CNET band back together.
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I'm not sure what this guy was advertising, but he was a welcome change from the constant playing of "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk.
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His friends got in on the act, too. I was still none the wiser about why they were there, though.
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Best way to get around a tech show? A Segway, of course!
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What better way to demonstrate a product's groundbreaking new abilities than by using your hair as a temporary moustache?
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Sony's virtual reality headset got some keen attention from visiting tech fans.
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