Top five IFA 2007 stories from Tech Digest

IFA is well and truly over, with most Berlin-bound geeks back in their natural habitats, in our case, Shiny Towers. If you missed our coverage last week, and over the weekend, here are the top five most news-worthy stories. Expect these products to be rolled out over the next few months.

1.) LG’s ‘Design Art’ LCD TVs
– two models, the LF75, LB75, with the first model coming in 1080p Full HD and 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and the latter model packing a still-impressive 720p/1080i and 8,000:1 contrast ratio. Three HDMI 1080p inputs and LG’s Intelligent Eye technology which ‘optimises brightness and contrast according to ambient light’ are also included…

IFA 07: Live-blogging the Sharp press conference

1300 – Everyone files into a huge auditorium to see what Sharp has to offer for this year’s IFA.
1306 – Big graphics are projected onto huge white sheets on the stage, move over Bourne Ultimatum, this show looks incredible. Words flashing up on the screen include, as you’d expect, ‘Sharp’, ‘Aquos’ and ‘LCD TVs’.
1308 – The white sheets drop to reveal an uber-thin LCD TV encased in a massive sheet of glass, stuck on a revolving wheel. The crowd actually gasps – I know! – and some even clap. I must admit, it’s an impressive site, this TV must be one of the thinnest LCDs ever.
1310 – The speaker, Mikio Katayama, announces the new TV which is just a prototype, at 20mm thin on the main display section, 29mm at the thickest part, and weighing less than a bimbo trying to break into Hollywood, at only 25kilos. It has a contrast ratio of 100,000:1, and allegedly has an annual power consumption of just 140kWh, which is 1/2 of the average LCD TV…

IFA 07: Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny live from Berlin

ifalogo.jpg Susi, Alex, Chris, Ashley and I have all stormed Berlin, Germany, en masse for three days full of convention centre-trudging, otherwise known as IFA. Of which I’m not quite sure what it stands for, but rest assured the ‘I’ is International. Or Internationale, as we say here in steiner and weiner-ville.

You would’ve noticed a few posts already up on Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny covering important announcements made today so far, keep pressing ‘refresh’ on your web browser for the next three days on these two sites, as we bring you all the latest news concerning consumer electronics.

Auf wiedersehen!

IFA 2007

CEDIA expo 2007: JVC V-series LCD TVs

Yesterday at CEDIA 2007 I grabbed ahold of JVC’s man of the hour, Steven Carter, to discuss their latest range of TVs, the V-series. With two options (the 42″ model being released in July, for £1,500, and the 47″ model – yes, you read that right, a 47″ LCD telly, those crazy kids at JVC are thinking outside of the box, coming in at £2,000 in August), they’re for those large of lounge and deep of pockets…

Top five techy items Tim Henman should buy if he wants to win Wimbledon

henman4.jpg Wimbledon has kicked off this week here in rainy London, and whilst wearing my white Ralph Lauren-designed Wimbledon blazer today in support, I thought we’d take a look at what gadgets the man of today, Tim Henman, should be decking himself out with in order to flog everyone and get the famed trophy.

1.) Brando Wii Sports Wiimote extentions – an obvious piece of kit for Henman to splash the cash on in order to improve his game, the tennis peripheral slots onto your Wiimote and gives you that authentic tennis experience. Considering the dismal weather of late, I’d be willing to bet he’d rather practise indoors on Wii Sports than outside in the rain. Poor boy….