iPod Fridge and iGorenje Home Appliance Control System in Action

We covered the Gorenje Made for iPod fridge » 9/02/08 10:00am 9/02/08 10:00am and the iGorenje home appliance program at IFA last Sunday. I've spent some time with both and I like what I see, although I have some doubts about how practical this can be. Like someone pointed out before, the life of a fridge is very long, so the iPod dock would probably…

Miele's New Giant Fridge Can Double as a Morgue

I don't know if these fridges are the norm in the US, but it seems to me like Miele's latest giganormous fridge from their Master Cool line—shown here at IFA 2008—has to be the biggest fridge ever available to megalomaniac consumers and potential serial killers. They should christen it The Walk-In Fridge, because this… » 9/02/08 8:00am 9/02/08 8:00am

Gorenje Fridge Table Lifts Food, People Frozen in Carbonite

The Home Appliances halls at IFA 2008 have some of the best stuff in the fair, like this Gorenje fridge table, which seems to be a brand obsessed about doing really Star Trekish stuff » 9/02/08 6:40am 9/02/08 6:40am for the kitchen. The table—with a central fridge that smoothly raises to give access to food and beverages, and a security system to…

Amazing Magic Mirror Digitally Changes Fabrics On the Fly

The Fraunhofer Institute-the guys who invented MP3 and screwed the music labels as a result, which is why we like them so much-have a booth at IFA with their latest inventions. The best one is this stunning magic mirror, an augmented reality display that gets any piece of clothing and transforms its fabric in real… » 9/01/08 1:11pm 9/01/08 1:11pm

Siemens Oven Moves Your Roast Like a Death Star Hangar Lift

The Siemens HB 78P570 oven looks like any other oven until you notice that it has no » 9/01/08 12:30pm 9/01/08 12:30pm door, which is precisely when it starts to open automatically from its bottom: The glossy black food platform slides down mechanically until it is at the same level as your kitchen top. Sounds a bit crazy, but it's extremely…

Gorenje Qube Foldable Hob Is the Laptop of Kitchens

This is the Gorenje Foldable Qube prototype, a hob and hood system that can be hung on the wall of a small kitchen to save some serious space. It's also a kitchen-to-go: "You can take it with you anywhere-just like a laptop," said the IFA booth laeedee. You know, for those very special times in which you need to cook… » 8/31/08 7:52pm 8/31/08 7:52pm

Gorenje Fridge Is Officially Made for iPod, As Lickable as the Touch…

Believe it or not, this beautiful Gorenje fridge is an official Apple-licensed Made for iPod refrigerator. And believe it or not, it's not just a speaker and a dock glued to a glossy black fridge: You can control » 8/31/08 5:41pm 8/31/08 5:41pm the fridge itself using your iPod touch or iPhone using an application called iGorenj, which in fact can…

LG X110 Feels Solid, Fast, Is Netbook with Capital N

I groped and used the LG X110 netbook for some time here at IFA. As Mark pointed out » 8/31/08 3:12pm 8/31/08 3:12pm, this is the first netbook where "net" actually means something else: direct 3G network access without additions. The Good: The LG X110 felt solid and compact in my hands, heavier than I expected for such size. Good hard plastic…

iRiver Concepts Feel Straight Out of Terry Gilliam's Brain

Apart from their Spinn 70s-retro analog goodness » 8/31/08 8:00am 8/31/08 8:00am, iRiver had two beautiful concept products in their IFA 2008 stand which had a design that looked further into the past, as far as the beginning of the 20th century. As you can see in the video, both their Clix speaker-inspired by the shape of cathode ray tubes-and…

Unreal Rocket Launcher PC Mod Will Blast Your Pants Off

One more IFA, one more gallery of absolutely crazy PC mods by nutty Europeans. The best of the lot was, without a doubt, this menacing Unreal Rocket Launcher. But there are others, each of them more silly, pointless, and horrendous than the previous one. Click to view » 8/30/08 3:00pm 8/30/08 3:00pmThe worst: that two-headed furry blue monster that…

iRiver Spinn Media Player Has a Great 70s Retro Flair, Feels Oh-So-Good

I love the new analog controller in the iRiver Spinn as much as I love its simple brushed aluminum design, the old radio-inspired user interface, and the whole packaging. While I'm still partial to direct touch interfaces-which the Spinn has as well, although it's not multitouch-the Spinn rolling thingie feels great,… » 8/30/08 1:00pm 8/30/08 1:00pm

Samsung Omnia Isn't Going to Kill iAnything

I got to play for quite a long time with the Samsung Omnia » 8/30/08 10:00am 8/30/08 10:00am, the iPhone-Killer wannabe with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, here at IFA 2008. The verdict: it's not an iPhone killer, despite . In fact, it sucks. It has a poorly designed interface, lousy response time, buggy software, and it felt cheap and fat on my…

Toshiba Magic Gestures Convert You Into Hitchhiking Gandalf

To be honest, I was going to headline this article "Toshiba Magic Waving Handy-Spanky-Fingery Gestures Are Perfect for Harry Potter and Online Porn Users," but I decided against it at the last minute for obvious reasons, even when I had two powerful arguments in favor. You will understand them when you watch Helga-the… » 8/30/08 9:00am 8/30/08 9:00am

Panasonic to Mass Produce 150-Inch TV, Requires Your Own Nuclear Power…

Panasonic is saying that they are going to start mass-manufacturing their 150-inch 2,106 x 4,096 display, which obviously is not directed at consumers unless a) they have their own Quad-HD video material to play and b) they have their own nuclear power plant, since this beast eats 1,500 watts, which in the Michael… » 8/29/08 12:30pm 8/29/08 12:30pm

Samsung Ultraslim TV Looks Like Giant iPhone 3G

Scratch one more notch for Apple design influence, because next year's top-of-the-range Samsung Ultraslim LCD TV All-In-One 1 looks like an oversized iPhone 3G, down to the finish in black or white. The 52-inch TV-which is 1-inch at its thickest point-includes all the circuitry and ports in its ultra-slim body, with… » 8/29/08 12:25pm 8/29/08 12:25pm

Video Hands-on: Samsung X360 is an Air Killer

I got my dirty paws all over the 2.79-pound Samsung X360 and I've got to say I'm impressed with everything except for the piano black finish. Its size and weight-very light and thin-is comparable to the MacBook Air, the 13.3-inch,1,200 x 800 pixel screen looks very good, and it comes with more ports and features than… » 8/29/08 10:20am 8/29/08 10:20am

Samsung's New Cameras Are Cheap Excuse to Show Hot Biker Girl

For some strange and sick reason, Samsung is one of those manufacturers who doesn't think that girl power is the future of gadgetry, and instead assumes that all digital camera buyers are sex-obsessed men, basement World of Warcraft players with a large hadron collider for all things leather and large female… » 8/29/08 9:23am 8/29/08 9:23am

Samsung Updates Syncmaster Monitor Range: 2233HZ and 2243HZ

Among its raft of new products at IFA, Samsung has updated its Syncmaster range of monitors (last heard about with the double-screened » 8/29/08 5:41am 8/29/08 5:41am edition) with two new 22-inchers that have "enhanced motion picture acceleration" tech for reduced ghosting. The new tech reduces the motion-picture response time from 27ms to 9ms,…