IFA History's Best Tech Toys: Gadgets That Changed The World

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Over the years, International Funkaustellung (IFA) has seen the debut of technologically advanced products ranging from the GSM phones to latest TVs. It's the largest consumer electronics show in Europe. PC makers, telecom players and dozens of mobile phone makers have been making annual visit to Berlin since past years.

Not just that, IFA often sets the mood for the rest of the next year for what hot new gadgets will win consumers' mind and pockets. Each year, IFA literally packs in thousands of attendees. For several years, IFA has been all about TVs. But the trend is shifting now, as consumers' electronics giants, such as Samsung and Sony, prefer to launch their big-ticket mobile phones.

Thus today, we've tried to highlight the annual IFA tech show from its inception. Take a look into sliders below!

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Back in 2001, South Korean giants, including Samsung and LG were still emerging. Visitors curiously inspecting a flat screen TV at the IFA 2001.

Sony scored a monumental success with the PlayStation home video game console. As seen, visitors check out the PlayStation console up close and play various games at the IFA 1999.

The consumer multimedia content boom that started in late 1990s prompted content partners to come up with new ideas. Visitors look at the latest Sharp products during the IFA 1997.

Visitors waiting for the opening at the entrance North at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

Visitors try out the new Nokia 1011 at the Nokia stand at the IFA 1993 consumer electronics trade fair. The handset was the world's first mass-produced GSM handset and featured a monochrome display.

A Sony representative presents the Mini-Disk system during its launch at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

A model stands in front of a Philips TV during a tour of the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. A Philips-made TV replaced the 4:3 aspect ratio TV picture with a 16:9 ratio.

The IFA fair ground and the International Congress Center is the meeting point of the Consumer electronics.

A company representative holds the Casio smart Pocket-TV during the world premiere at the IFA 1985.

View from the "Funkturm" onto the Georghe-C. Marshall-House and "Sommergarten.

Visitors look at the latest Hi-Fi stereo products during the opening day of the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

TV-Star Dieter Thomas Heck live on air from the IFA fair ground.

Visitors at the Stand of ITT Schaub-Lorenz at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer in Berlin.

Visitors patently testing out stereophones at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer in Berlin.

The Governing Major of Berlin, Klaus Schütz, congratulates the "Funkturm" to his 47th birthday.

Albert Einstein opens the IFA. The world's most famous physicist delivered the opening address at the 7th Great German Radio and Phonograph Show.

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Source- IFA Press Photos

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