Smartwatches and monster TVs: A look back at IFA 2014

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Gizmag looks back at the busiest week in Europe's consumer tech calendar (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)

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The sun has now set on Europe's biggest consumer technology show, exhibitors are packing away their wares and cleaning crews are moving in. Though smartwatches and big curved UHD televisions were just about everywhere at IFA 2014, exhibitors had plenty of other gadgets and gizmos to show to the bustling crowds pounding the halls of Berlin's Messe. Join Gizmag as we look through some of our favorites, a few that didn't make our main event coverage and one or two snaps from the show itself.

Highlights from this year's IFA include an exhibit by digital artist Miguel Chevalier at Samsung's massive CityCube presence on the very edge of the show grounds. His canvas on this occasion was a collection of carefully arranged Samsung curved UHD televisions that reacted to visitors moving around the exhibit thanks to strategically-placed cameras.

Though impressive, Samsung's arty installation wasn't our most memorable big screen encounter, that honor goes to Toshiba's UHD mirror display – where we were forced to watch ourselves watching onscreen visuals. Most odd.

Intel's futuristic booth included a demonstration of its RealSense technology, which saw Gizmag's on the ground team grasping for icons in mid air and working out the dimensions of boxes without the aid of a tape measure.

We were also pleased to see Panasonic giving the Technics brand some love in the shape of two new high end audio systems, and even happier to be invited into one of the listening rooms for a brief demo.

But Gizmag's show favorite rests in the hands of LG, with the G Watch R. Perhaps it's the traditional watch look of the device, or its solid-feeling build, or the sharp and bright 320 x 320 resolution watch face. It's certainly not the "not ready for prime time" Android Wear software, but it has nonetheless left its mark in our show memories.

Head over to our IFA gallery for a look through those favorites and more.

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