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BERLIN — Coming to Berlin for the 2016 IFA electronics trade show, we expected wearables, smart everything and virtual reality devices, and that’s pretty much exactly what we got. 

Still, seeing all the “smart” and “connected” home appliances in one place gave me a sense of how much this technology will permeate our everyday lives in a few years. 

Smart iron? Check. Smart toothbrush? Check. Smart fridge that takes photos of its contents with three cameras and then sends it to your phone every hour so you always know what’s inside? Check.  Read more…

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