Voice-command ovens, robots for pets on show at Berlin's IFA tech fair

'All-in-one' 5G chip

Huawei created a buzz Friday by launching a new super-fast Kirin 990 processor, which has a version specially designed for the 5G era - the fifth generation of cellular network technology.

According to Huawei's claim, the "industry's first and only all-in-one" 5G chipset includes a modem with fast download speeds. The company also said that by using a single chip, the Kirin will make phones more efficient compared to their rivals, who use a separate processor and modem.

The new Kirin chip, no bigger than a fingernail, "can make phones much smaller," boasted Richard Yu, who is in charge of Huawei's consumer business group.

The Chinese firm is embroiled in US-China tensions with Washington advising its allies against using Huawei's technology to build 5G networks, due to fears it could be used for spying by Beijing, an accusation the company denies.

Yu took no questions in Berlin, as Huawei also showcased their sleek Mate 30 Series, due to be launched on September 19 in Munich.

Not to be outdone, Korean rivals Samsung also showed off their 5G Fold, a phone which folds out into a single screen.

High-tech relief

High-tech relief for the incontinent is offered by D-Free, a sensor which fits on the abdomen and detects changes in bladder size, calculating how full it is and giving a prediction via a smartphone about when the user will need to urinate.

The system is aimed at young children being toilet trained and the elderly worried about being caught short.

It keeps track of the average time between bathroom visits and a version for senior care homes tells staff which patients will soon need to visit the toilet. – Rappler.com