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.
Videophone at IFA 1993
Video telephony, like 3D television, is one of those technologies that has been launched and relaunched several times. At IFA in 1993 Deutsche Telekom presented its "Xitel" analog video phone with this oversize model. The phone had a 2.8-inch display and built-in camera. A pair-set cost 1,990 German marks, which was $1,345 at the exchange rate of the time.