IFA NEXT 2019 focuses on smart cities, the future of mobility, artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality

From artificial intelligence to digital health, a comprehensive range of topics revealing the smart future of consumer electronics and home appliances is on show at IFA NEXT, with Japan presenting fascinating innovations as this year’s Global Innovation Partner.

The innovation platform of IFA, IFA NEXT, is focusing on smart cities, the future of mobility, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and virtual reality, along with many other topics – all gathered together in Hall 26. This year, future technology from Japan is one of the main features of IFA NEXT. As IFA’s Global Innovation Partner, this high-tech nation is presenting start-ups, research facilities and innovative enterprises.

Video systems for self-driving vehicles or camera-control systems based on facial recognition show what AI can contribute to everyday life. Other state-of-the-art developments include mini-headphones connected to the internet to provide real-time translations. The House of Smart Living – a model for interconnected living – demonstrates the use of AI in a smart world. Voice-controlled devices can learn their users’ habits, which they use to set up, automatically, all the installations in the home.

“Smart living” is a term that applies to many other trends at IFA NEXT. Wireless charging systems are now capturing an increasing share of the cordless home appliance market. Other highlights include intelligent systems for air purification, voice-controlled coffee makers and systems for enhanced security and re protection.

Robots as home-helpers, entertainers, or hardware for making learning fun, also feature at IFA NEXT.

Other new developments include self-driving mini-transporters; light, two-wheeled vehicles; e-mopeds and e-scooters and other innovative transport devices.

An item of sports equipment on show demonstrates the links between fitness and VR. Wearers of VR glasses can y through space and time, using their whole body and exercising all the fibres in every muscle.


Digital health is another key topic. Clothing fitted with sensors helps to prevent postural defects or dehydration, while special glasses for light therapy or hypnosis promote a sense of wellbeing. Animating the hall, the IFA NEXT Innovation Engine has a programme of lectures and discussions on two centrally located stages.

The 8K Panel focuses on the media of the future. How will the media world respond to the latest generation of high-definition TV displays? In addition to extreme pixel resolution, what are the key roles played by other quality parameters? What distribution channels can meet the demands of this new standard, enabling 8K to be enjoyed in the homes of the future?

The Housing Industry Conference focuses on smart living in interconnected cities. The emphasis is shared equally by aspects of technology, economics and the quality of life.

The Future Network 5G panel will be discussing various use scenarios, network characteristics, installation road maps and the range of available terminals.

During all six days of IFA, the National Association of German Start-ups is presenting a series of Start-up Days – with displays and contributions to the IFA NEXT Innovation Engine:

6 September: Digital Health
7 September: Future Mobility
8 September: Smart Home
9 September: Artificial Intelligence
10 September: Tech for Good (Social Entrepreneurship)
11 September: IoT/Wearables/ FitTech

Hall 26