X

The weirdest things at IFA 2009, in pictures

Every year we go to the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, and every year we see bigger demonstrations of corporate wealth and visitor stupidity. We thought we'd share some

Nate Lanxon

See full bio

img-0612.jpg
1 of 17

Every year we go to the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, and every year we see bigger demonstrations of corporate wealth and visitor stupidity. We thought we'd share some of the more interesting sights we saw from this year's visit, concluding with a photo of one of Crave's writers eating an enormous sausage. Be prepared: it was twice the size of his head.

But first, we present you with the photograph above. Since freak shows are illegal these days, Vodafone offered the next best thing: a grown man playing air guitar with a giant inflatable instrument, and a pelvic bulge of questionable girth. He was one of many guests offered the chance to compete in Vodafone's air-guitar competition, during which other passers by got to have a hearty giggle at each contestant.

Up next, what happens when a man with a beard meets a lady with a razor.

img-0181.jpg
2 of 17
If you're a man, you probably grow facial hair. Here's a man removing his in front of hundreds of journalists, and a lady from Philips.
2.jpg
3 of 17
This is a climbing wall -- a wall essentially built for climbing, hence the name. T-Mobile brought this one, presumably because phones aren't very big and it'd ordered a large booth.
1.jpg
4 of 17
If you're going to show off kitchen appliances, you're going to need a woman, and that woman's going to need fingers. This one is showing off how many remain on the hand she isn't inserting into a blender. Clever.
4.jpg
5 of 17
Now this is something you don't see every day: a look-how-energy-efficient-our-TV-is demo. Showing off its efficiency was a Samsung telly.
img-0638.jpg
6 of 17
This was Samsung's dorkiness challenge in full swing. The premise was simple: who can look the dumbest in 3D glasses. All contestants won joint first prize, because it's impossible not to look like a total goon.
3.jpg
7 of 17
Samsung was keen to make its booth look like the most expensive booth at any tech show ever. To help, it brought along these massive hanging walls of televisions to suspend above visitors.
img-0414.jpg
8 of 17
3D TVs were the big thing at IFA this year, and around every corner was a company thrusting dorky glasses on to peoples' faces to show off how good theirs was.
5.jpg
9 of 17
Look out, you're falling into a pit of balls! This unusual demonstration of human stupidity was put on by Casio to promote its Exilim range of cameras. Quite how this helped is anyone's guess.
img-0431.jpg
10 of 17
The recession hit some sports teams hard, with as many as two football players made redundant every arbitrary number of weeks. To help pay for the women they signed up to shower with gifts, some took jobs at trade shows so geeks could take photos of them.
img-0603.jpg
11 of 17
Another massive display of TVs. This time, LG TVs. But only Big Brother was on, so LG played something more interesting: a video of empty rooms full of chairs and tables.
img-0654.jpg
12 of 17
The IFA 2009 BMX Competition was well underway by Sunday. Little did the competition know that it itself was an entrant in a contest: IFA 2009's Most Out of Place Attraction. It won.
img-0435.jpg
13 of 17
This train set was erected by Sony to aid its demonstration of one of many new models of dSLR cameras.
img-5879.jpg
14 of 17
Entertainment at IFA comes in many flavours. In this mysterious -- and small -- room, Japanese drummers can be seen deafening a crowd.
img-0686.jpg
15 of 17
Sadly, IFA is open to the public, and that means you'll spot the odd child. This one wasn't being told off for playing, but rather being given a demo of a new Acer laptop. Don't underestimate the spending power of children('s parents).
img-0692.jpg
16 of 17
More food-related treats were in store for journalists passing this colourful booth.
img-0234.jpg
17 of 17
We leave you with a shot of yours truly holding the floppiest, most enormous of German hotdogs. Full review of the sausage coming soon.

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

40 Photos
2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

93 Photos
The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

More Galleries

2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

53 Photos
2023 Nissan Z Gains Sharp Looks and a Turbocharged Personality

More Galleries

2023 Nissan Z Gains Sharp Looks and a Turbocharged Personality

47 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

80 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games

More Galleries

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos