From Einstein to Xbox: The IFA consumer electronics exhibition turns 50

By , ITworld.com |  Personal Tech, 3DTV, Einstein

From September 3-8, 2010, the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or "International radio exhibition Berlin"), one of the oldest and largest consumer electronics exhibitions on the planet, will be in full swing.

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.

Einstein at IFA 1930

Albert Einstein opens the 7th Great German Radio and Phonograph Show, the forerunner to today's IFA, in Berlin in 1930. The show marked the public debut of a prototype 'television receiver.' This was one year before television broadcasting officially commenced in Germany.

Albert Einstein opens the 7th Great German Radio and Phonograph Show

Photo: IDGNS Tokyo

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