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.
Widescreen TV at IFA 1989
Philips launched widescreen 16:9 television at IFA in 1989. Promoted as "a new picture format for the 90s," the system was first used in Europe on satellite broadcasts. Some analogue terrestrial broadcasting followed but it wasn't until digital TV broadcasting began that the format achieved mass popularity.