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Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 3 Closing

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

The third and final day of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin saw more industry participants presenting their press conferences to international media.

Dirk Koslowski, IFA Director at IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Dirk Koslowski, IFA Director at IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Here’s a sampling of what industry leaders shared on this final day of IFA 2020..

Madhav Sheth, realme Vice President, CEO of realme Europe and India enthused that “we have an extremely ambitious goal for Europe and it is not less than to be among the top five by the end of 2021. We believe that young Europeans will love our competitive products with cutting edge-technology, stylish designs and affordable prices.”

“The Satisfyer Connect App questions the status quo in the sexual wellness category and brings love to the next level,” shared Daniela Märklin, Chief Marketing Officer of Satisfyer.

Thomas Nedder, Neato Robotics CEO launched “the D8, D9 and D10 — its new premium line and a significant step forward for the consumer robot vacuum industry.”

Sven Buschmann, Head of Business Development from Tuya Germany introduced Tuya Smart and its IoT platform as well as some of their latest products.

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Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 2 Industry Press Conferences

Friday, September 4th, 2020

IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) is into its second day in Berlin press conferences by a slew of industry participants.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Here’s a sampling of what industry leaders shared today.

Dr. IP Park, President & CTO, LG Electronics shared that it has achieved a milestone in its developments in smart home living because “with this level of digital integration, we’re really beginning to build an evolving, connected and open eco-system of smart products and services that can deliver so much more than the sum of its parts – going above and beyond device-level thinking to unlock a whole new world of potential at the system-level.”

“We really need to make sure we understand the shocks to come in this market. What are we going to do to be vigilant to understand the next wave and how we might react and how we are going to put our teams in a position where they can make better decisions,” said Sean O’Neill, Chief Product Officer at GfK.

Matthias Ginthum, CMO BSH Hausgeräte envisaged that “we at BSH want to be the first company in our industry to neutralize the direct carbon dioxide emissions of all our locations worldwide.”

For Frederic Langin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, TCL Europe; TCL’s mission is “to make life intelligent with innovative technology to make our customers’ lives easier and smarter.”

Looking forward, Yannick Fierling, CEO Haier revealed that “Haier will introduce new solutions – based on an ecosystem built from the Internet of Things – for turning the group vision of Smart Home and Smart Living into reality.”

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Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 1 Opening

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

IFA, gfu and GfK opened the IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin with a mix of the virtual and the real.

Opening day of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Opening day of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

The successful opening of the IFA 2020 Special Edition has expressed the confidence of organisers gfu and GfK that the tech industry is ready to bounce back from the disruption and economic uncertainties of the pandemic.

“When it comes to doing business, nothing beats the personal connection. This is why having IFA 2020 as a real-life event is such an important sign. It is a symbol to show that together we can look beyond the pandemic and its consequences. There is a normal ahead, and now it is up to industry, retailers, media and consumers to build and shape the ‘normal’ that is going to emerge,” said Jens Heithecker, Executive Director IFA Berlin, highlighting the significance and symbolism of this year’s industry gathering in Berlin.

The IFA Global Press Conference was attended by international media who have traveled to Berlin and thousands others around the world who were following the event at the IFA Xtended Space, both live and on demand.

Qualcomm’s IFA 2020 presentation highlights the role of technology in a Covid-19 world, with its
President Cristiano Amon reprising an IFA keynote this year, giving a foretaste of what we’ll see going forward.

Walter Ji, President of Huawei Consumer BG, Europe also shared Huawei’s vision of the future and the company’s deep commitment to Europe.

LG Electronics will host a “Life’s Good from Home” theme at IFA 2020, where the company will explore new possibilities for enhancing home living which has become so crucial in recent unprecedented times.

As part of the IFA 2020 Special Edition, the exhibitors at “SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT” will be presenting forward-looking innovations from mobility, consumer and home electronics.

More details below from the press release.

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IFA 2020: LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier for Personal Use

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

LG will introduce the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier at IFA 2020 next week. The personal air purifier will be available starting in the fourth quarter in select markets.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier addresses the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply.

The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier employs two H13 HEPA Filters similar to the HEPA filters used in the company’s home air purifier products.

Employing LG’s latest advancements in air purification, high-performance replaceable filters enable PuriCare Wearable to supply fresh, clean air indoor and out.

With its Dual Fans and patented Respiratory Sensor, LG’s wearable air purifier allows users to take in clean, filtered air while the Respiratory Sensor detects the cycle and volume of the wearer’s breath and adjusts the dual three-speed fans accordingly.

More details below from the press release.

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Huawei & Leica Camera establish new research & innovation center

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’. Photo source: Huawei.

Huawei and Leica Camera AG today announced they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation center.

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POTD: When your address is an expletive … expect tourists

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Did you know that there is an actual town in Austria which is called “Fucking”? And less than two hours’ drive to the east from Salzburg, you’ll hit the mountain named “Loser” which is also a popular ski resort.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Fucking is a tiny miniscule hamlet about 40km to the north of Salzburg. This Austrian town is about 40 minutes’ drive from Salzburg.

Located close to the border between Germany and Austria, the town comprises a cluster of houses on either side of the road.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that's just a sign to tell you that you're leaving Fucking behind you.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that’s just a sign to tell you that you’re leaving Fucking behind you. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It is so tiny that less than 200m after passing the signboard that marks your entry into the town, you see the signboard that marks your exit from the town.

I’ve driven around Europe a fair bit and passed through many one-street towns – but Fucking is one of the tiniest we have driven through.

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POTD: Burghausen Castle on the borders of Germany & Austria

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Photo of the Day: We chanced upon this charming town while driving en route from Munich to Salzburg. The castle sitting on top of the hill looked majestic while the houses along the river looked so colourful and quaint.

Burghausen Castle, which has a length of over 1,000 metres, is one of the longest castle complexes in the world, sitting along a narrow ridge above the town. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Burghausen Castle, which has a length of over 1,000 metres, is one of the longest castle complexes in the world, sitting along a narrow ridge above the town. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

We were driving from Munich to Salzburg when we chanced upon the quaint little town right beside the fast flowing Salzach River, which marks the border between Germany and Austria in these parts.

The route that we were driving was a bit off the beaten track and we hadn’t expected to come across any touristy places along the way.

So imagine our surprise when we drove into this charming little town that was obviously a tourist destination.

After driving across the bridge straddling the Salzach, we stopped by the river bank and snapped some photos of Burghausen and its castle from across the river.

We didn’t realise at that time that by crossing the bridge, we had crossed from Germany into Austria, and that we were snapping photos of the German town from the Austrian bank.

The Austrian village on the other side of the river is called Ach and is so tiny you won’t find it if you do a search for it on Google Maps, although it’s actually marked on the map.

View of Burghausen Town across the Salzach River. By driving across the bridge, one crosses from Germany into Austria. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of Burghausen Town across the Salzach River. By driving across the bridge, one crosses from Germany into Austria. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Here’s to all mothers. Happy Mother’s Day! And here’s a little bit of history that’s surely a testimony to Mothers and the womenfolk amidst us.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

This photo of a rose was taken in a little German town called Weinsberg in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

Statue commemorating the bravery and loyalty of Weinsberg's womenfolk.

Statue commemorating the bravery and loyalty of Weinsberg's womenfolk.

Weinsberg means “wine” in German and this quaint and sleepy little town, which is noted for its wine, has only 11,800 inhabitants.

The family had detoured there to visit its castle ruins during our drive last year from Heilbronn to another scenic town called Schwäbisch Hall.

While we were having a picnic at Weinsberg, an ancient couple who lived in Weinsberg came over to chat with us.

They told us a very interesting and touching bit of history about the town and its castle, which is somewhat relevant today since it’s Mother’s Day.

Between our non-existent German and their English, this was what we understood, which we later corroborated on Wikipedia.

In 1140, the castle was besieged by Konrad III. Eventually, it had to surrender.

Apparently, the women of the castle were allowed to go free and to take whatever they could carry on their backs.

Guess what they carried?

Their men! In so doing, these gallant women saved the lives of their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, since the king adhered to his word.

These women became known as treue Weiber (“loyal women”), and the castle (today’s ruin) is called Weibertreu due to this incident.

Travel: Asus Eee Pad Transformer in Germany

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We had the chance to bring the freshly launched 10.1-inch Asus tablet with us to Germany and the Czech Republic.

It proved to be the favourite gadget for the kids, and a very useful gadget for the adults.

The kids on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer whilst taking a break from sight-seeing.

The kids on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer whilst taking a break from sight-seeing.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 was launched in Singapore at the end of April. Here’s the nifty little device in action along the castle route from Frankfurt in Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic and back.

Using an Asus EeePad Transformer tablet instead of paper to do museum sketches

Using an Asus EeePad Transformer tablet instead of paper to do museum sketches

Erin loves visiting museums, and usually she sketches some of the exhibits that interests her on a paper notepad. This time, she was delighted to use the sketching app (Kids Doodle – Movie Kids Paint by Bejoy Mobile) on the Andoid tablet to do her sketches – in colour.

The app was in colour and could even reproduce the neon lighting effect of this exhibit!

The app was in colour and could even reproduce the neon lighting effect of this exhibit!

How do you keep the kids occupied while waiting for tea to arrive? You guessed it, let them at the tablet. Erin used it to write her journal of what she’d seen while Justin plays the games on it.

Erin dressing up her electronic doll in a girly app (Maidens Avatar Creator by Magicsoft) while waiting for tea to be served.

Erin dressing up her electronic doll in a girly app (Maidens Avatar Creator by Magicsoft) while waiting for tea to be served.

We don’t allow games and books during meals, so waiting for the meal to arrive is often the time to catch a breather and relax.

Afternoon tea at the Cafe in the cellar of Heidelberg Castle.

Afternoon tea at the Cafe in the cellar of Heidelberg Castle.

They love those quiz apps from the Android Market.

Anyone for maths quiz before pizza and kebab lunch at Weinheim?

Anyone for maths quiz before pizza and kebab lunch at Weinheim?

As I said mealtimes are reserved for relishing the food, conversation and company.

Pizza and kebab anyone?

Pizza and kebab anyone?

At the Frankfurt Zoo, Erin used the camera on the tablet to snap photos and record videos, which she then uploaded to the Internet, back at the hotel, to share with her friends. We also used it to surf the net check maps and to read up on the sights we planned to visit the next day.

The Frankfurt Zoo has a fabulous collection of primates.

The Frankfurt Zoo has a fabulous collection of primates.

Back at the hotel, the kids also used the tablet to read ebooks and worksheets in pdf format. It was a long vacation and we didn’t want the kids to totally lay off homework.

Almost every town we visited in Germany had an H&M. But the clothes just didn't suit us and we fell back on brands like Espirit and Benetton.

Almost every town we visited in Germany had an H&M. But the clothes just didn't suit us and we fell back on brands like Espirit and Benetton.

And finally shopping. No prizes for guessing how the Justin occupied himself while the rest of the family was busy shopping away.

Day at the Frankfurt Zoo

Friday, June 24th, 2011

A special day out for the children who have been such charms throughout the holiday. We visited one of the oldest zoos in the world and rounded off the day at the Römerberg.

Apart from animals, the Frankfurt Zoo had a fun playground for kids.

Apart from animals, the Frankfurt Zoo had a fun playground for kids.

The Zoologischer Garten of Frankfurt/Main features over 5,000 animals of more than 600 species on more than 13 hectares in the eastern part of the Innenstadt (inner city). The zoo was founded in 1858 and is the second oldest Zoo in Germany – after the Berlin Zoo which opened its doors in 1844.

The Römerberg is the old city square of Frankfurt. On the eastern side is a group of half-timbered houses called the Ostzeiles.

The Römerberg is the old city square of Frankfurt. On the eastern side is a group of half-timbered houses called the Ostzeiles.

As it was a public holiday (Corpus Christi) for the state of Hesse, the zoo was crowded with local Frankfurters taking their family for the day out. Arriving in the late morning, I encountered for the first time the difficulty of finding a parking lot since all the lots along the roads within half a kilometer of the zoo were occupied.

Parking in Frankfurt

The rules for city parking are relatively simple – you can park anywhere along the road as long as it hasn’t been marked as no parking areas – and as long as it’s not blocking an access road or garage. Look at other cars or road signs that specify whether you’re to park on the road, fully on the curb or with two wheels on the curb.

Feeding time for the Alpacas. Taken with an Olympus E5 DSLR.

Feeding time for the Alpacas. Taken with an Olympus E5 DSLR.

Some are free-of-charge, while others you pay for the amount of time you want to park at a meter which then issues you a ticket with the expiry time that you display on the dashboard. Some lots allow parking for only a limited period of time whether for free or paid. For free limited time parking, you have to display this special indicator that shows the time that you started parking. And – avoid handicapped lots unless you want your car towed away.

Beautiful restored half-timbered houses around the Römerberg.

Beautiful restored half-timbered houses around the Römerberg.

With the narrow streets, you can’t just stop the car on the road, like in an HDB car park, and wait for someone to come along to vacate his lot – especially when the tram shares the road with cars as well. You’ve got to keep moving and hope to spot a parking space.

I was fortunate in that after going a few rounds around where the Zoo was located, I came upon a car that was just leaving – and it was right next to the entrance. It was a matter of right time, right place – any faster or slower and the driver in front or behind me would have bagged that lot.

Zoologischer Garten

The zoo itself was great fun. It was not slick or anything but thoroughly enjoyable. As with other sights in Germany, the entire place was impeccably clean even though we didn’t see any cleaners. The zoo keepers were also a rare sight except during the shows.

I've never been so up close and personal with a gorilla before.

I've never been so up close and personal with a gorilla before.

But the enclosures were very well designed – there were plenty of glass panels through which visitors could view the animals close-up. I got so close-up to a Gorilla I had difficulty focusing the camera on his face!

An okapi getting at the leaves with its long tongue.

An okapi getting at the leaves with its long tongue.

The Singapore Zoo and a couple of other zoos we’d visited also features these close-up viewing glass panels, but there’re only one for each animal. Over here, you could easily have more than two such panels for an animal.

The highlight was their primate exhibit, featuring gorillas, orang utans and chimpanzees and a type of chimpanzee called the Bonobo that I felt was more human-like than the usual chimpanzees in terms of torso proportions and facial expressions. There was even this fingernail and toenail biting specimen than reminded me of some humans I’ve seen!

There were also okapis, an aquarium, and a tigress nursing two cubs.

Römerberg

After the zoo’s closure at 7 pm, we drove to the Römerberg – Frankfurt’s old city square.

The Römer, or City Hall sits on the Western side of the Römerberg.

The Römer, or City Hall sits on the Western side of the Römerberg.

On one side of the square is the Römer, which had been the Rathaus or City Hall for 600 years. On the opposite side is a row of half-timbered houses called Ostzeiles. These look remarkably new because the originals from the 15th century had been badly damaged during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt.

Alte Nikolaikirche, crane behind the church removed using Photoshop CS5.

Alte Nikolaikirche, crane behind the church removed using Photoshop CS5.

Dim interior of the Protestant church shot handheld with an Olympus E5 DSLR.

Dim interior of the Protestant church shot handheld with an Olympus E5 DSLR.

Dom St. Bartholomaus, seen from the Schirn Kunsthalle - the cultural exhibition center next to the Römerberg.

Dom St. Bartholomaus, seen from the Schirn Kunsthalle - the cultural exhibition center next to the Römerberg.

We visited the quaint St Nicholas’ Church on a third side of the square, and Saint Bartholomaus’ Cathedral behind the Ostzeiles.

The Protestant Alte Nikolaikirche is an early-Gothic church from the 12th century.

The Dom St Bartholomaus is the largest ecclesiastical building in Frankfurt, and was used for the election and coronation of the Holy Roman Emperors from 1356 and 1562 respectively until 1792. Heavily damaged during the Second World War, it was rebuilt in 1953.