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Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Fighter pilots and Google Glass owners: Garmin is channeling a little of both with its latest navigation accessory, the Garmin HUD, and we took some time to peer through the head-up display while at IFA 2013. The Bluetooth peripheral is designed to sit on your dashboard and project simple guidance and directions to drivers using Garmin's StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, without forcing them to look away from the windshield or - worse still - down to a phone shoved precariously into a spare cup holder.

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Ricoh Theta hands-on: 360 panoramas in a single shot

Ricoh Theta hands-on: 360 panoramas in a single shot

Just about any modern smartphone can shoot a panoramic photo these days, and some even a 360-degree photo, but it's a time-consuming process; Ricoh wants to change all that with the Theta, capable of capturing a full spherical image in a single snap. Rather than the ponderous snap-and-stitch that builds up a 360 shot from individual frames, the Theta pairs two 5-megapixel sensors on either side of a slim bar that can collectively grab all the data simultaneously. We grabbed some hands-on time at IFA 2013; read on for our first impressions.

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Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Roll on the smart home: Qualcomm has an eye on being the glue that sticks wireless home automation together, and it's demonstrating that with some proof-of-concept remote control lightbulbs. Thanks to a tiny new Qualcomm Atheros chipset, the demo light hooks up via WiFi to a simple Android app which allows for remote on/off control, dimming, and even timed shutoff. It's an obvious stab at alternative lighting systems like Philips' hue, but Qualcomm won't be content with just the lamp market.

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LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED eyes-on

LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED eyes-on

Big, curved, and OLED: every year there are some keywords IFA's prime competitors cling to, and in 2013 LG is leading the pack with its whopping 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED TV. Full 4k resolution spread across a near-painfully bright, sweeping pane of OLED technology; does the world need a set so big, so detailed, and so painfully expensive? We basked in the glow of organic semiconductors to see what the fuss is about.

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Panasonic Lumix GX7 hands-on

Panasonic Lumix GX7 hands-on

Panasonic's Lumix GX7 is the latest in a long line of interchangeable lens cameras, raising the game with features you might normally associate with full-sized DSLRs like an adjustable viewfinder. Announced last month, the GX7 takes Panasonic's camera design back to a more retro place, looking particularly good in the two-tone finish we spotted at IFA 2013 today. Beauty is more than skin-deep, however.

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Philips Elevation Ambilight+Hue TV eyes-on

Philips Elevation Ambilight+Hue TV eyes-on

Given Philips' addiction to LED lighting on both its Ambilight TVs and its hue wireless lightbulbs, it's a surprise it took the company so long to cook up the Ambilight+hue system in the new Elevation TV. Announced back in July, the 60-inch Elevation builds on the existing Ambilight system by hooking in the rest of your living room smart lighting, matching all of the lamps to what's happening on-screen.

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PocketBook e-paper Samsung Galaxy S 4 ereader case hands-on

PocketBook e-paper Samsung Galaxy S 4 ereader case hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 may have a great Super AMOLED display out of the box, but it's overkill for ereading duties and, E Ink would argue, isn't really best suited to browsing through ebooks. Enter PocketBook's accessory case for the Galaxy S 4, a fold-out case complete with a 4.8-inch e-paper screen on the inside of the cover. The concept is simple: browse to a book you want to read on the phone, and then flip it over to the e-paper display for low-power reading.

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3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

Kickstarter success 3Doodler proved there was a market for 3D printing without the geek requirement, but can crafting in the third-dimension really be as easy as wielding a hot nib? True, you won't be creating any replacement machine parts, but with a $99.99 price tag that's probably no surprise. We caught up with the $2.3m funding success at ShowStoppers at IFA 2013 to try our hand.

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Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB4 hands-on: 20-inch UHD tablet madness

Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB4 hands-on: 20-inch UHD tablet madness

Twelve months ago Panasonic showed us a 4k display slotted into an oversized tablet and threatened to release it on the world; now, the Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB4 has been born. 20-inches and 3840 x 2560 resolution, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB4 isn't being targeted at your average iPad owner - not least because it's ten times the price - but instead at architects, artists, and design studios, though we must confess feeling some lust ourselves. Read on for our first-impressions.

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Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Last year, Sony brought the HMZ-T2 to IFA and tried to convince us to wear a 3D display helmet; at IFA 2013, the company is hoping that cutting the cord with the new HMZ-T3W will persuade us to open our wallets. As before, the concept is straightforward: two small OLED screens that give the impression of a much larger display, optional 3D, and the privacy of your own virtual screening room. This time around, however, at least one of the cords has disappeared, though it's not quite the wireless nirvana Sony might like you to believe.

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