IFA trade show at 50: From Einstein to Xbox
IFA , one of the oldest and largest consumer electronics exhibitions on the planet, has been through a lot
By Joe Doherty | IT World Canada | Published: 15:49, 06 September 10
The IFA has a storied past as well as notable celebrities and some "first" technology ever seen in Europe. From Einstein to Xbox, the IFA has shown it all. Some products, like the 3DTV, were ahead of their time. Others, like the MiniDisc... well, just never got off the ground.
Teletext at IFA 1977
Videotext, the German name for teletext, is introduced in 1977. The service would go on to become immensely popular across Europe and provide news, weather, sports, TV guides and other information at no charge to hundreds of millions of TV viewers. At its peak almost every TV station in Europe provided a teletext service, although they are now being replaced with digital TV services.