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October 2021 ertonline.co.uk


2015


The new EditionConn@ct washing machine from Miele – the world’s first networked dispensing system – launched at IFA this year; it sent a message to a mobile device for simple detergent re-ordering. The feature worked with every connected Miele washing machine and dishwasher. Also that year we saw the world’s first Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar –


the YSP-5600 – from Yamaha, plus the first flat 4K OLED TVs from LG came out, with razor thin depth (slimmer than many smartphones at the time), a near-invisible bezel and a transparent stand. In appliances, LG’s Dual Door-in-Door Refrigeration System was unveiled – now a standout regular feature of the InstaView fridges.


2016


The new Smart Home exhibition


area was especially popular with over 50 exhibitors showcasing intelligent home automation, plus more than 150 companies showcased smart tech on their own stands. Haier was one of them, with ranges including Hoover Wizard and the NFC-


enabled washing machine line, One Touch, as well as a brand new washer design featuring Wi-Fi connectivity and brand new fabric detection technology. Also in 2016, the Hoover Smart Kitchen played host to a virtual reality


experience where products came to life through the latest generation ‘Vive’ viewer, putting visitors in touch with various connected home appliances. The main stars of the show were the Hoover Discovery vacuum cleaner and Candy Bianca washing machine; the latter featured both remote control and voice activation via the Candy Simply-Fi app and the Google Home Smart Hub. In CE, Sony unveiled a new line-up – its ‘Signature Series’ high res audio


products, comprising the MDR-Z1R stereo headphones, two new WM1 series Walkman models, and the TA-ZH1ES headphone amp. It also unveiled the MDR-1000X hi-res wireless noise-cancelling headphones, which were said to boast industry-leading performance. As for TVs, we had a first glimpse at the Z-Series of BRAVIA 4K HDR sets, with 100, 75 and 65-inch screen sizes.


2018 2017


This year we saw a new show concept – IFA NEXT; this new innovation hub was hugely popular and brought together a full range of 130 start-ups, 70 companies, as well as industry alliances, organisations and research facilities. Alexa took control over Yamaha MusicCast products and the brand’s Disklavier self-playing piano!


Artificial intelligence, voice recognition and the soaring popularity of smart connected devices powered IFA to yet another record edition in 2018. Haier unveiled two hero products – Candy


Rapid’ò and Hoover AXI washing machines. We also saw further enhancements to AutoDos dishwashers from Miele, which could be controlled by an app. Meanwhile, its integrated PowerDisk was fitted in a receptacle on the inner face of the door to dispense detergent by rotating during the programme. For Yamaha, the MusicCast VINYL 500


network streaming turntable was introduced; MusicCast Surround, wireless rears and subwoofer worked with its entire line-up of 12 MusicCast AVRs at this time. And LG showed us its first OLED 8K TV – the


88Z9, featuring an a9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor, as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. Also touting 8K tech, Toshiba showed a new


TV range with its largest exhibition space to date, including a 65-inch ‘card-thin’ Wall Art model. There was also its ‘lean back’ Smart Lounge Experience, featuring hands-free, voice- controlled TV and an ever-growing smart portal of online entertainment.


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