IFA is a great place to check out the latest smartphones, tablets and smartwatches – we already know this. But it's also a place to find some weird and wonderful gadgets. Here are some of the strange contraptions you can look forward to next year.
Welt, the well-intelligent belt
Welt is the brand name given to this weird gadget. At first glance, it's nothing more than a stylish leather belt, but if you look a little deeper you'll notice that his buckle houses a microUSB port. Say hello to the new type of wearable: the intelligent belt.
The Welt has five basic functions:
- Measuring waist size
- Counting steps
- Counting time spent sitting
- Report when we've been eating. Yes, that moment we slacken the belt.
- Holding trousers up
Welt collects this data and makes it viewable in its companion app so you can take notice of your habits. In addition, the app provides a plan on how to keep in shape, as well as a series of exercises for you to try out.
This gadget isn't available just yet as the company is still seeking finance through its Kickstarter page. Shipments will begin from January 2017. It's a curious gadget that combines health and fashion and is further proof that wearable tech is becoming an everyday reality.
Prinker, the temporary tattoo printer
Prinker prints temporary tattoo designs that you can transfer from your Android phone to your skin. As a fan of tattoos, I fell in love with the product. The Prinker is very easy to use and within seconds you can download or create a drawing on your smartphone that sends the image to the mini printer. The device then applies the pattern to your skin as if by magic. See it in action in the video below.
The Prinker makes use of hypoallergenic paint and the tattoos last just a couple of days. I think this product could be great for events or a children's party, for example. Maybe face paint has had its day in the sun. The Prinker also isn't available yet but we'll let you know when we learn more.
SGNL, listen to calls through your finger
SGNL is a bracelet that turns your hand into a phone. Really. It sounds like witchcraft, but it actually takes advantage of a basic physics principle to transmit sound through a surface. This wristband works with any watch that's compatible with standard straps.
On the bracelet is a protrusion which produces vibrations, like the diaphragm of a loudspeaker. But instead of transferring these through the air, instead sound travels through the bones of your hand.
First, you need to connect your smartphone to the bracelet via Bluetooth and install the companion app, then make a call. After that, simply press a finger to your ear to hear the conversation.
This increases privacy, as nobody can hear anything but you, and a microphone inside the wristband allows you to talk back like a normal telephone conversation.
On the strap are five LEDs which display the current battery level and you can also assign frequently used numbers from the app, meaning you can make calls without removing your smartphone from your pocket.
You can read more details about the SGNL on its Kickstarter page and a $99 investment will secure you one of the units when it launches next February.
Did we miss any other weird and wonderful gadgets at IFA? Let us know in the comments.
This article was written in collaboration with Lia Martos and Luis Ortega.