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IFA GPC 2019 highlights: the fantastic Sennheiser soundbar, an AI shaver and a new 8K TV

The annual international IFA press conference, which is an early teaser for the huge IFA technology fair in Berlin in September in Berlin, offers a first look at new gadgets that will be shown at the show later this year.

This event took place this year in Huelva, Spain, and attracted more than 300 media visitors from around the world. It did not disappoint – it produced a number of intriguing announcements and revelations, including an AI-powered shaver, an 8K screen, and some neat new devices.

For those who could not be present, we have collected all major news items from the show and categorized below by the manufacturer.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

Sennheiser ' s long-awaited first introduction to the world of consumer speakers is getting closer. With its original prototype have already fascinated visitors to CES in January, the latest retail version of their 3D audio AMBEO soundbar was demonstrated at IFA GPC for the release next month.

Equipped with 13 separate drivers ' s including two 3.5-inch top-firing speakers, the AMBEO delivers 5.1.4 immersive sound with compatibility with the three major 3D audio formats (Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H and DTS: X).

By using a combination of acoustic waveguides and digital processing, like most other sound bars, the AMBEO uses reflections from walls through the directional speakers to create a surround effect. Based on the proof of our demo, the processing of Sennheiser seems to be at a different level for its rivals, with a real sense of height and separation of delivered sounds. This was particularly acute during a demo of a scene from the rainforest, with the sound of dripping water that really felt that it had come from a non-existent speaker behind us thanks to the convincing 360-degree sound image.

The most impressive of all is its pure power. With a bass response that drops to 30Hz, while there is the option of adding a separate third-party subwoofer, the amount of low-end soundbar makes this option unnecessary.

There is no support for Apple Airplay 2 at this stage, but both Google Chromecast and Bluetooth (4.2) are integrated, as well as support for UPnP. On the front of the physical input there are three HDMI inputs (v2.0a), one HDMI Out (eARC, v2.0a) and digital optical audio and aux-in.

The high-end performance will entail a significant asking price of € 2,499 / £ 2,200 when it comes on the market in Germany, the UK and Australia on May 28, while home theater fans in the US will be able to choose one at an early June stage for $ 2,499.

Another barrier for some will be that to fit into all those drivers, the AMBEO has a fairly large footprint compared to other sound bars. It is not only nearly 17 cm deep, but the height of 13.44 cm is also likely to cause problems when pairing with TVs that are not mounted on the wall.

Nevertheless, the Ambeo soundbar here is clearly a game changer for home cinemas. Now that Sennheiser is indicating that they may want to plan for smaller speakers and systems in the future, the home audio market appears to have a new major player that will shake things up.

Philips S7000 Smart Shaver

To prove that beards can indeed be smart, Philips announced at the event that it will release a new AI-powered shaver.

The new S7000 is under the flagship of the S9000 shaver in its range (thanks to the bolder finish and housing), but is much more sophisticated with its own special app that helps prevent skin irritation. The app works in conjunction with the S7000's built-in Beard Adapt Sensor, which records dozens of measurements of hair density and direction per second and adjusts the blade accordingly to optimize shaving for every part of the face.

After Philips transferred its TV company to a joint venture with TPV Technology and completed its lighting line, Philips now focuses primarily on health issues. A large part of this focus is on people with sleep-related problems such as insomnia and sleep apnea. However, the big proverb of his new Smart Sleeping range seems to be the new wearable against snoring, which wants to tackle the problem that according to Philips affects approximately 40% of the world population.

The belt-like SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band works with "positional training", whereby the built-in sensor first monitors the sleeping positions of the user for a few nights. After learning your resting habits, it then causes gentle vibrations when it detects that you are lying on your back – the main cause of snoring – causing you to lie on your side instead. Philips claims that the vibrations will be light enough not to interrupt your sleep, unlike the sharp kick in the shins, most will undoubtedly usually experience their partners.

Hisense 74U9E 8K TV

The Chinese manufacturer Hisense used the event to show off its new 8K TV, the 74U9E, to be released in Asia at the end of the year, with the US and Europe to follow early in 2020. The 75-inch LED display has an impressive number of 5,376 dim zones for improved contrast and it seemed to perform very well during an encouraging demo session with upscaled 4K content.

It is also equipped with a somewhat unique approach to sound: the prototype at the show includes a subwoofer that is cleverly integrated into the triangular stand at the rear of the set. The design of the 74U9E is yet to be completed – a considerable amount of depth is required to place the set on a tabletop thanks to the sub and it is not yet clear whether the speaker must be completely thrown away to mount the screen on the wall.

Nevertheless, although we could not hear the speaker in action, it certainly seems an ingenious way to add a decent low end to the infamous low power speakers that are usually found on super-flat TVs. .

Plan of TCL to take over TV ' s

While fellow Chinese rivals TCL had no products on the program, a briefing from Sales and Marketing Manager Frédéric Langin outlined the company's huge ambitious plans to become ' the world's largest TV manufacturer – with the company claiming that it expects to increase sales in the UK by 50% in the coming year.

In addition to the disclosure that Panasonic and Philips would support both Dolby Vision and HDR10 + with the 2019 TVs, the company also announced that their future series of printed OLED, QLED and Mini LED screens would – with TCL ' s next TV flag set to use the latest technology, which will boast an amazing 20000 LED ' s and 1000 zones.

Haier Candy Rapid & apos; ò Washing machines

After the white goods maker Candy has been added to its stable alongside other major brands such as Hoover and GE Electrical, the Chinese company Haier is quickly on its way to becoming the world's largest producer of household appliances.

The presentation by Yannick Fierling of the European CEO showed that Haier wanted to be not only the largest, but most innovative company on the market, after highlighting some intriguing new solutions for daily household chores in the coming series.

The new line from Candy Rapid & apos; ò washing machines work together with a special app, which will have a "Snap and Wash" option. Take a photo of your washing stack and Haier claims that the app's advanced built-in algorithm will magically recognize the material of each item and then automatically set the correct program and the maximum water temperature for the wash.

Even more impressive was the new Hoover H-KEEPHEAT 700, which offers the tempting prospect of keeping meals at the perfect serving temperature for up to two weeks, eliminating the need to freeze and reheat dishes.

Using the new Exever technology, the convection oven with a top specification can keep its room between 63 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Celsius, depending on which ingredients are used, so that the perfect temperature is used to keep the food for a longer period of time .

Responding to questions about what impact the function's energy consumption would have, a Haier rep claimed that it would take around 75 p per day to keep the oven running in the keep-warm mode.

Safera Power Control Unit

Of a number of kitchen appliances that were on display at IFA CPC 2019, perhaps the most important one could be seen from Finica, Safera,

It is a new Sense smart cooking sensor that wants to destroy cooking-related fires – the current root cause of domestic fires.

The simple, one primary button device is placed above the stove and can recognize different cooking events, set timers automatically and act as an alarm if irregularities are detected.

In addition to measuring the surface temperature and air quality in combination with the associated app, the sensor can also be connected to an optional smart plug, the Power Control Unit. This automatically switches off the power to the heater if the sensor detects dangerous heat levels. The sensor can also be linked to comparable third-party options for gas stoves.

Sense also supports voice control via Alexa or Google Home from Amazon, while Apple's HomeKit digital assistant is also operated. The sensor is available with a price of one price, all in all, from £ 149 / euro / dollar, depending on where you are in the world, with the Power Control Unitsold separately for the same price. The company is also working with manufacturers of cooking appliances to offer the sensor as a built-in feature, with several major brand names that will be named as partners in the coming months.

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