CNET brings you the most interesting gadgets from Europe's biggest tech trade show.
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If you want all the hottest new tech gathered in one place, you want IFA.
CNET spent the week in Berlin for this year's edition of the long-enduring tech trade show to find out what we'll be talking about over the next 12 months.
IFA 2017 featured companies coming up with a vast range of increasingly connected, increasingly smart and increasingly voice-controlled devices. Amazon's Alexa dominated the show by appearing in a wealth of products that talk back to you, while products in the burgeoning
section ranged from the very useful to the increasingly wacky (like appliances with multiple doors and a mobile mini fridge that trundles round after you).
IFA 2017: The biggest announcements from Berlin's tech show
Then there's audio brand Harman, which has elected to put Alexa into the high-end Harman Kardon Allure speaker and Google Assistant into the cheaper JBL Link -- make of that what you will.
If you're an aspiring or full-time YouTuber or Instagrammer, the LG V30 may be the phone for you thanks to its nifty video and photo features.
For the rest of us, the feature-packed Moto X4 does a little bit of everything. It has two cameras (with flash for selfies), water-proofing, Amazon Alexa and Bluetooth that connects to four speakers or headphones to get the party started.
Watch this: Moto's X4 makes Bluetooth amazing again
And while voice-controlled smartphones are hurtling into the next generation of interface, you'll be pleased to hear BlackBerry is catching up with the last generation, announcing an all-touchscreen phone for later this year.
Virtual, augmented, mixed reality
Let's get real for a moment -- but are we talking virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality? Various new headsets were launched at IFA to give you a range of VR, AR and MR.
Asus, Acer, Dell and HP are all producing Windows Mixed Reality headsets, but Lenovo's Explorer sounds like the most fun. It has scored a deal to create a lightsaber controller for Star Wars Jedi swordfights in VR.
The appliance side of the show held a few surprises. Laundry care was a major highlight at almost every large-appliance booth. Samsung's QuickDrive washing machine claims to wash a standard load of clothes in half the time and with less energy than traditional washers. Electrolux says its PerfectCare washer and dryer lineup will clean clothes you'd normally need to send out for dry cleaning.
In addition to its own "whisper quiet" washing machines,
also demonstrated a concept device called X-Spect. It's a handheld scanner for both laundry and food items that determines what they're made of and then sends cleaning or cooking instructions, respectively, to appliances around your home.
Watch this: Bosch's X-Spect scanner concept is like a tricorder for your clothes
For the kitchen, Miele's Dialog oven was one of the most impressive things we saw here. It uses a combination of electromagnetic waves, a convection fan and traditional radiant heating elements to cook food with impressive precision. One demo included putting a whole filet of salmon in the oven, but then only cooking one half of it (the other half was prepared ceviche-style). That's a Europe-only design for now.
Haier also showed off a refrigerator with five -- yes, five -- doors.
Robot vacuums were everywhere. The Miele Scout RX2 and Bosch Roxxter stand out for their built-in cameras. Not only can they clean your house, they also work as security devices that transmit a live video feed from inside your home.
Special props go to Panasonic. Its Sustainable Maintainer laundry and Movable Fridge concepts might never become products you see at the store, but it's hard not to love a fridge that will roll up to you and deliver cold sake.
Check out the future of appliances and smart tech at IFA 2017
Wires are so last century. Encouraged by Apple's ditching of the traditional headphone jack in recent iPhones, audio manufacturers launched a range of wireless headphones and earbuds at IFA.
Many have features Apple's AirPods don't have. Samsung led the way with new Icon X earbuds boasting improved battery life and a heart rate monitor, not to mention a striking hot-pink option.
The wireless Sony WF-1000X earpods also include active noise cancelling, another feature Apple can't match.
If you don't trust entirely wireless earbuds or just have funny shaped lugholes, we saw a few sets of neckband headphones like the Sony WI-1000X, or Jabra Elite 25e with Siri and Google Assistant. Neckband headphones are perfect if you want to both enjoy wireless freedom and look like a massive dork.
Computers, laptops and tablets
One piece of big news is the arrival of a wave of laptops with eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Asus, Acer and Dell are all making devices containing the fateful eight.
The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is also big news -- and that's meant literally because it's massive. It lights up, it's super-powerful and it's got wheels.