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What You Missed at This Year's IFA

Every year in Berlin the IFA technology convention showcases the latest consumer electronics products from manufacturers across the globe. Major companies from the likes of Samsung, Sony and Philips showcase the next generation of their product lines, and retailers, distributors and journalists crowd the show floor for five days to make sure they're up to speed on the next 12 months of product releases.

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    The app-enabled Star Wars Sphero BB-8 'Droid' has an adaptive personality based on your interactions. The robot can explore autonomously and view holographic recordings.

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    A visitor is given a demonstration of a "virtual makeup" smart bathroom mirror at the Panasonic exhibition stand.

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    A visitor uses controllers while wearing a prototype of the Sony Project Morpheus VR gaming headset at the Sony exhibition stand. Project Morpheus is an upcoming virtual reality headset, and is designed to work with the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita gaming systems.

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    An Acer Predator gaming tablet on display at the company's exhibition stand. The tablet has four speakers that the company claims can "achieve an enlightened virtual surround-sound experience."

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    A visitor tries a pair of Sony's latest entry into the headphone market. The company hopes its new line of high-resolution audio players and colorful designs will attract attention away from Apple's Beats range.

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    A Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch is tested out at the company's exhibition stand. Motorola boasts that the Android Wear-powered watch, with built-in pedometer and heart-rate monitor, will have a battery life of up to 24 hours. Many consumers were unable to get a full day's use out of the previous iteration of the device without a midday charge.

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 is waterproof and boasts a 23 megapixel camera and an integrated fingerprint sensor.

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    Samsung Gear S2 smartwatches on display. The South Korean electronics manufacturer is betting big on this new flagship by shunning Google's Android Wear operating system in favor of its own Tizen software and app platform.

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    A Sony SmartWatch 3 at the company's stand. The watch features ambient light sensors and GPS.

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    A Samsung VR9200 robotic vacuum cleaner on display.

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    A Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch sits on display at the Garmin stand.

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    Called SmartThings, Samsung's line of devices includes electrical sockets, sensors and a central hub that connects to a home’s Internet router to coordinate different appliances. It will go on sale in the U.K. and U.S. on by Sept. 10 and will be made more broadly available sometime next year.

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    An attendee flies a Phantom 2 drone, developed by SZ DJI Technology.

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    A visitor tries out a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone.

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    Visitors use smartphones to remotely operate Sphero 2.0 robots.

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    A visitor passes Ultra High Definition televisions at the Samsung stand.

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    An Activeon camera sits mounted on the side of a motorcycle helmet on the company's stand.

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