"So, what were the coolest things you saw?" I'm always asked after I return from an electronics show. In addition to yesterday's breakthroughs, here are a dozen weird and wonderful mostly iPhone/iPad gadgets (and a couple of truly widescreen HDTVs) from last week's IFA in Berlin.
Why did it take someone so long to make an iPhone desktop phone? You slip your iPhone into the dock on this Invoxia unit, and you can hold the regular, old phone handset instead of the radiation-emitting iPhone to your ear. Or, use the speakerphone. Spaced around the base behind the screen are a series of eight microphones and eight speakers, making this the ultimate conference table accessory. The knob near the iPhone is for volume, there's a mute button and a built-in answering machine. To match the drapes, you can choose from five handset cradle colors – and they're magnetic, so they automatically shift into position when you're ready to hang up. Invoxia is a bit pricy – $599, but Amazon has it for $100 less.