IFA Berlin: Eye-controlled TV and more

The IFA in Berlin is one of Europe’s top electronic show, and offers us an idea of what we can expect to see in our living rooms in the future.

Among the many new technologies on display was a state of the art television presented by Chinese company Haier that the viewer can control with a glance.

Eye tracking technology has already been tested for some years, but this TV – according to the manufacturer – is quite innovative. It allows users to change channel and alter the volume simply by moving their eyes. Furthermore, the viewer is able to scroll through text or menus while watching a programme.

Christophe Chancenest, TV Marketing Manager for Haier, said: “The difference compared to the past is that this technology is very intuitive, very fast. Obviously we are working on additional capabilities, including the ability to scroll text at the desired speed by the viewer. In the future, we would like to integrate this technology into a pair of glasses, for example, which will be able to hold a small device that today, in the demo, is placed on the table.”

Energy efficiency is one of the key aims of new technologies and Miele came up with an innovation of its own. They noted that many consumers use a lot of softener in their washing machines with the added purpose of making their clothes smell nice.

This is not only not very ecological but often the scent doesn’t survive the heat of a tumble dryer. For this reason German manufacturer, Miele, presented a new kind of dryer which takes vials containing natural fragrances, so with just a small amount of liquid the clothes stay smelling fresh for up to four weeks.

There was also a very bright little camera on show, the DSC-RX100 from Sony. Despite its small size it has a very powerful sensor which is able to take pictures in extremely low light.

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Back to blogging

As you’ve taken the time to have a read of this, you’ll see that I have made a few more regular updates to this site, including a lot of the work I have been doing for euronews. If you don’t know the channel is available in multiple languages so I am not responsible for the video editing in any of the content so far, but you can see from this a bit about my writing and my voice, as well as the huge number of topics I’m asked to cover.

Since I’ve been working properly on this site over the last few days I’ve been mostly working as a sports reporter so that content is particularly strong for the moment, but with time I should have a nice wide variety of things to show off. Also if you hover over the blog link you will see my long awaited French blog which I’ll run at the same time.

I’ll also be using this blog to write about my thoughts and life as a journalist in Lyon and Paris for those who want to follow my progress. That’s all for now, more to come soon x

Accents

Untitled from Alexander Aucott on Vimeo.

Accents was another I did on my own.  It was made in response to ‘Wonders of the Universe’ presented by Brian Cox receiving a record number of complaints as people were struggling to understand him.  This came at the same time that Cheryl Cole was still trying to make her move to X-factor USA before she got turned down.