Funkturm Berlin (Radio Tower Berlin), also known in Berlin as “Langer Lulatsch” (“lanky lad”), is one of the best known points of interest and standing on the trade fair ground where IFA takes place each year.
Every year around, IFA Berlin, one of the leading exhibitions for consumers to see the latest trends in home appliances and consumer electronics, opens its gates for end users. Now that the big hype is gone and the first impulses of “whow”, “awesome” and “cool” eased up, let me try to have a look at what’s left.
Only few buzzwords were hyped as much in media before the opening of IFA as the attribute “smart”. Everything had to become smart to be on the show this year: Smart watches, smart phones, smart TVs and yes, even our homes were targeted to become smart. Smart home hit my interest the most. Or let’s say: Technologies to connect parts of my home, in order to make life more convenient, allow for easier daily interactions, make me feel more secure or simply save me from daily “dumbness” or clumsiness (Did my kids turn off the lights? Or worse: Did I turn off the stove?).
IFA stretches out on 145.000m2, that are rented out to 1.500 exhibitors with countless products and news, to impress me as one of about 240.000 visitors. For me as a visitor, that meant to focus on 2 main areas: Consumer electronics (visiting IFA from the north) or home appliances (coming from the south). That’s where I expected to find some solutions for everyday life for me and my family, who just moved in a new apartment. Could I retrofit our flat in an easy, straight forward way?
To cut the long story short, as a gadget lover with the tech savvy view, I was happy to see so many products. However, as a consumer and responsible father taking decisions not only for myself, I got quite disappointed.
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