From Aug 31, “new releases in the artificial intelligence niche Gartner analyst Annette Zimmermann.
South Korean giant Samsung, through a new connected speaker, Home Galaxy, equipped to respond to commands, may send its voice assistant Bixby in battle with Google's Assistant, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri for dominance of living rooms and kitchens.
Such devices made a splash at last year's IFA, making the 2018 show an opportunity to take stock of their reception among the public.
Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, some 75% of American households will use a voice assistant.
Meanwhile, similar technology is exte nding its reach into connected devices from fridges to lightbulbs, gigantic televisions with ever-higher resolution, and wearables used to track fitness data.
Such mass-market products are the bread-and-butter of IFA, which traditionally contrasts with its nerdier Las Vegas-based American equivalent CES.
Also from Korea, LG is set to unveil its CLOi SuitBot, powered by exoskeleton that increases the user's leg strength and can be networked with the firm's other robots for complex tasks.
Apple has historically shunned IFA while Samsung unveiled its top-end Galaxy Note 9 phone just a few weeks ago  Neither is the major announcement expected from China's Huawei, a star of past years at the Berlin show.
Instead, the 2018 edition could be a breakthrough moment for augmented-reality applications that have so f ar left consumers unimpressed.
The technology superimposes digitally-generated elements like sounds or 2D and 3D images. .
With new glasses, lenses and helmets, “said Klaus Boehm of consultancy Deloitte.
,” It's a very high-quality content, whether it's augmented-reality Harry Potter or shopping applications ” Filling out the vast halls of Berlin's trade fair center will be a bewildering array of products from around the world that range from the practical to the – in some eyes – downright dangerous.
Under German law, items like hoverboards, powered “monowheels “and electric skates can only be tested-driven away from public roads.
And there are certain to be thousands of exhibitors showing off the latest fridge that re-orders food when stocks run low or Bluetooth headsets with an extra hour of battery life – jockeying for a position in a relentless technology race. – AFP Relaxnews