Another year, another CeBit

The halls of the worlds biggest computer show were decked in the most bizarre of hi-tech gadgetry. The International trade fair in Hanover, Germany broke its own record earlier this year by catering for 8,106 companies from 60 countries displaying their wares in 422,109 metres squared of display space.

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By  Rania Adwan Published  June 10, 2001

The annual IT and telecommunications fair was the perfect venue for companies to show off their unique automation concepts and upcoming innovations. "For the past fifteen years, thousands of suppliers and users from all over the world have come together every year at CeBit," announced a spokesman for Deutsche Messe AG, the company behind CeBit.

"The premiere on the 12th of March 1986 was the outcome of a long and complicated decision-making process. The computer industry had become a key feature of the Hanover Fair and had contributed to its unique status as the world's biggest trade-show for capital goods. But it got to the stage where the computer exhibitors were having to contend with an increasing number of non-specialists at their stands." It makes sense then that the telecommunications giants hock their latest innovations on a year at the specialist German event. We took the liberty of digging deep and finding the best from the rest to look out for in the year ahead.

From the Ericsson corner, the latest in cordless Bluetooth technology. The Cordless Internet Radio brings Internet audio content wirelessly into our homes. Battery operated, it can be put up to 100 metres away from the Bluetooth adapter. The funky new gizmo allows you access to thousands of Internet radio stations without having to be anywhere near your computer. Short-cut buttons on the device will let you browse, select stations and save your favourites. Users can also expect to be able to create music files and access sound files from the Internet. For sound quality, Ericsson has integrated built-in speakers or alternatively plug it into your in-house stereo system.

Siemens got playful with its Global Pl@yer. The latest in 3D wireless gaming technology, the unit is Siemens contribution to the younger market segment, or those of us who are just young at heart.

Meanwhile the Swedish C Technolgies unveiled its Magic Stick, a pen sized Bluetooth-enabled scanner, mouse, PC pen and digicam.

The Nokia team drew the crowds in with its newest model, the 8310. The handset impressively combines design and technology, its instant digital services and FM radio facility delivers the latest Nokia technology. More innovative is that fact that you can use voice commands to start the radio and change the user profiles.

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