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Do you like gadgets, tech toys, music and robots? You will love what's just been on show at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

While you may have seen things like the Galaxy Note II and a deluge of hybrid tablet and laptop concoctions (can we call them tabtops?), plenty more great toys were on display for gadget lovers.

This is Justin Bieber's favourite dancing robot. No, really, it is. The mRobo from Tosy dances around to its own tunes ad nauseam, or until the batteries run out. Cute.

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Speaking of celebs, 50 Cent was in the IFA house, to talk about his range of headphones. Then he signed pieces of paper.

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Everyone loves a bit of retro, and what better way to step on some blue suede shoes than with the Ion iPad jukebox.

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This one is peculiar. From what the booth attendant said, these are NAS units that can take pride of place on display somewhere in your home. Hence the Mona Lisa. Don't quite understand why you would want to make something that houses a lot of your precious digital data attractive to thieves and/or art heist fans.

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"CAT" is usually a brand synonymous with bulldozers and heavy, durable machinery. They now make a range of smartphones and regular mobiles with some serious tough-cred. Word on the street is that we should be seeing one of these phones in Australia from next year.

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This is a car. It's showing off some pretty snazzy speaker options from Kenwood. This is all well and good until you look around the back ...

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... I don't know about you, but if someone pulled out a screen from their car to play Wii Sports, I wouldn't be getting in the back seat.

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Here's something that definitely puts the awe back into awesome — a transparent DJ desk.

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Sony had a range of new toys on show at IFA, including this peculiarity: the Tap 20 tabletop PC. While it's touted as transportable, thanks to a built-in battery, this thing is heavy.

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Around the back, there's a convenient stand, just in case your biceps aren't up to scratch.

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4K TVs were just about everywhere at IFA, including the monsters from Sony, which were wowing the crowds with high-resolution photos and videos.

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With enough mood lighting, any tablet can look great. Just kidding; the Xperia Tablet from Sony is a bit of a stunner, being thinner than the previous Tablet S. It's also splash-resistant.

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Hello telephoto! This is the Sony 500mm f/4, worth a cool AU$17,000.

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The transforming tabtops are upon us! The Vaio Duo 11 runs Windows 8. It slides up and down along its keyboard to become either a tablet or more traditional laptop configuration.

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Angry Birds — the Speakers. Is anyone else just over it now?

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Everyone loves a giant dongle — or so they say. If you like HDMI, enjoy the luxury of a non-functioning giant replica to spin around in your living room.

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More iPad goodness from Ion; this time, a set of DJ decks for mixing your music. You can scratch, sort by beats per minute and set cue points, accordingly.

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Dear marketing-types,
When planning your photographic wall, please do try to keep in mind what might be already sticking out from said wall.
All the best, Lexy.

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