Like at all electronics confabs, the serious future-of-technology gear shares space with the frivolous, strange, wacky and zany – as well as some hidden gems. Here's the off-beat (and some on-beat) gizmos I found wandering the show floors during this week's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.
Instead of buying a separate scanner, why not combine it with a device you use all the time, a mouse? Just run LG's scanner mouse (LSM-300, around $90) across a document any which way you choose and it scans then wirelessly transmits the image onto a Windows or Mac PC. Included software aid in uploading the scanned image to social networking sites and even Google Translate in case you've scanning something not in your native language (such as a lot of literature I picked up in Berlin that's in German).