IFA 2023

LG to showcase ‘Net-Zero House’ at IFA 2023

Featuring the Home Energy Platform solution



LG Net-Zero House | Home Energy Platform

Ever wondered what a “net-zero” house would look like? LG Electronics will showcase the ideal sustainable home system to visitors at IFA 2023. It features the company’s Home Energy Platform solution.

The LG Home Energy Platform is a total solution for household energy management. It is comprised of the Energy Storage System (ESS) and the Therma V R290 monobloc air-to-water heat pump (AWHP).

The LG Therma V uses energy more efficiently than traditional heating and cooling systems. This produces high temperature water which can be created with existing old radiators.

Meanwhile, the Energy Storage System serves as a back-up power source in case of blackouts. surplus energy can be stored in the ESS battery and diverted to the AWHP’s integrated water tank during daytime.

Combining these technologies together achieves efficient heating and a user-friendly energy management.

The ESS utilizes the stored energy to provide hot water and power home appliances for self-sufficient energy. Should a power outage occur, the ESS can keep essential elements (heating, refrigeration, lighting) up and running.

At the IFA 2023, visitors will be able to check a chart that shows the Net-Zero House and how its system’s stored energy flows to all installed appliances.

The ESS is easy to integrate with LG’s other appliances, such us washers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and stylers.

The Home Energy Platform is also compatible with LG ThinQ Energy, an intuitive-to-use energy management solution that enables users to control all smart appliances, manage the HVAC system, and monitor energy storage and consumption from their smartphones.

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Best of IFA 2023

Foldables, smart home, and more



IFA 2023 in Berlin, Germany has come and gone but we’re still pretty hyped about all the tech present during the show. It had everything from foldables, projectors, smart appliances, and more.

Below are some of our favorites and the ones we deemed are the Best of IFA 2023.

Best Foldable Phone: Honor Magic V2

HONOR Magic V2

The HONOR V Purse may have been the brand’s head turner, but that’s just a concept for now. The real star is the HONOR Magic V2 that has been confirmed to launch globally. The Magic V2, as of writing, still holds the title of being the world’s thinnest foldable. It’s absurdly thin but without compromising on the display quality and battery capacity.

This term gets thrown around too often but the Magic V2 is truly an engineering marvel. Jury’s out on how its software will blend with the magnificent hardware. But there’s plenty to be excited about this absolutely stunning foldable smartphone.

Best Projector: XGIMI Horizon Ultra

XGIMI Horizon Ultra

Movie nights at home are always a good idea, don’t you think? The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is a great option that won’t break the bank. At US$ 1699 you get a flagship home projector that offers so much value.

It has dual light engine, built-in Harman Kardon speakers, and optics that rival those of high end professional projectors. There’s also intelligent screen adaptation and Android TV. It’s an all-in-one smart home cinema that you’ll enjoy for the years to come.

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Best Handheld Vacuum: Roborock Dyad Pro Combo

If you prefer cleaning manually, Roborock has the new Dyad Pro Combo. Acting as a two-in-one device, the vacuum can switch uses with four additional attachments. These accessories allow the vacuum to clean up both dry and wet messes.

The Dyad Pro Combo sucks up messes at 17,000Pa of suction power. It also has intelligent features such as the ability to adapt cleaning power, water flow, and dispensing cleaning solution. For maintenance, the vacuum automatically cleans the roller brushes and dries them with 50°C of hot air.

Best Washer-Dryer: Roborock Zeo One

Roborock is also in the washing machine market. The Zeo One is an all-in-one machine that can accomplish both washing and drying. With a quieter engine, the machine can wash 10kg and dry 6kg of fabric.

The machine’s cycle can soak up to 288,000m2 of moisture. The LintClear Self-Cleaning System can also automatically clean the lint filter by itself.

Finally, the Zeo One is controllable with an app on your phone.

Best Mobility Tech: NIU KQi AirX

The NIU KQI AirX made from an advanced frame crafted entirely from a single piece of carbon fiber. This makes it three times stronger than aluminum but at just 25.8lbs (11.7kg), it’s also lighter than most of the competition.

Its max speed is listed 20mph / 32km/h (subject to local regulations) and can cover about 50km (31mi) on a single charge.

Best Smartphone Accessory: CASETiFY Ultra Bounce Case

One look at the new CASETiFY Ultra Bounce Case is enough to tell you that it means business. The case can reportedly survive over 260 drops on all angles. It can also survive drops from up to 10 meters (or 32 feet) high.

Sporting 10X Military Grade Standard, the case has a 6-Layered Rugged Protection System. The chunky Ultra Bounce Corners have compression ribs with air cavities which minimize drops on the smartphone’s corners.

Despite how rugged the case looks, users can have their case customized with text, patterns, and colors. It is currently available only for iPhone models. However, CASETiFY might release Android versions in the future.

Best Portable Display: LG StanbyME Go

LG keeps thinking outside the box… or more appropriately, outside the home with their lifestyle TVs. The LG StanbyME Go is a  27-inch touch display that features a 20W four-channel speaker system, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. These are all integrated into a military grade standard case. It lets users enjoy memorable entertainment experiences wherever.

The display is ideal for watching movies, playing games, and more, thanks to its versatile adjustability range. The screen can be rotated 90 degrees from landscape to portrait and back, while its height can be adjusted up to 18 centimeters.

The StanbyME Go can be put in Table mode. Here the screen lies flat so users can play digital board games.

Best ANC Headphones: soundcore Space One

The soundcore Space One Noise Cancelling Headphones are perfect for turning down the noise at the lounge and on the plane. It promises to reduce noise by up to 98%* with adaptive noise cancelling (ANC).

It’s also equipped with 40mm dynamic drivers for that dynamic, round, and crispy sound that we all love to enjoy. And whatever music you’re into, you can enjoy it for a while as the headphones promises up to 40 hours of use with ANC turned on.

Best Fitness Wearable: Withings ScanWatch 2

Need a health tracker but don’t fancy the smartwatches out today? Pickings used to be slim in this department, but entering the fray is the Withings ScanWatch 2. It’s a hybrid smartwatch geared towards keeping you healthy.

Unlike most smartwatches, this doesn’t constant plugging. It promises to last for 30 days all while tracking your heart rate, steps, workouts, and more. All your data is synced into accompanying app so you know to take action where needed.

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IFA 2023

LG begins global roll out of 27-inch StanbyME Go

For US and key Europe markets



LG StanbyMe Go

The latest iteration of LG’s unique lifestyle screen, the LG StanbyME Go, is now rolling out globally.

Showcased at IFA 2023, the 27-inch touch display features a 20W four-channel speaker system, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. These are all integrated into a military grade standard case. It lets users enjoy memorable entertainment experiences wherever.

The StanbyME Go (27LX5) automatically turns on when its case is opened, and turns off when it is closed. The device also has a built-in battery so it can be taken outdoors.

The display is ideal for watching movies, playing games, and more, thanks to its versatile adjustability range. The screen can be rotated 90 degrees from landscape to portrait and back, while its height can be adjusted up to 18 centimeters.

Moreover, the StanbyME Go can be put in Table mode. When set to Table mode, the screen lies flat so users can play digital board games. 

Connectivity won’t be a problem either, as it is equipped with LG’s proprietary webOS smart TV platform so it can be paired with iOS or Android devices. Voice recognition is also supported.

The LG StanbyME Go will be released initially to the US market before it gets rolled out to key markets in Europe, including Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Germany from September 2023.

SEE ALSO: K-Pop star Dara uses this LG StanByMe TV

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IFA 2023

NIU’s KQi Air is the lightest electric scooters for your commute

Made with carbon fiber



With traffic nowadays, cars aren’t the best ways to traverse the metro anymore. If you’re looking for alternative ways to get around town, scooters remain a viable option. At IFA Berlin 2023, NIU unveiled an incredibly light electric scooter for today’s urban commuter.

The KQi Air series is built for micromobility. The two models — KQi Air and KQi Air X — weigh only around 26lbs. Despite how light they are, they are made with carbon fiber for enhanced durability. Whereas the KQi Air has a 70-30 ratio of carbon fiber and magnesium, the KQi Air X (built with a matte finish) is 100 percent carbon fiber.

For distance, both models have a top speed of 20mph (or around 32 km/h). They have a range of 31 miles (or a bit less than 50 kilometers). The 9.5-inch pneumatic tubeless tires can easily go through most obstacles you’ll find in an urban landscape. Plus, dual disc brakes ensure effective stopping power.

For technology, the series comes with NIU’s usual touchless unlocking methods. They come with an NFC card so users can unlock their scooter with just a tap. Alternatively, users can use Bluetooth or the traditional NIU app. Users can also remotely trigger a loud alarm to prevent theft.

Now, the NIU app offers a lot of feature for commuters. It allows users to customize starting speed, acceleration, top speed, and regenerative braking. The last one can extend the scooter’s range by up to 62 miles in a single year.

The KQi Air series will start its pre-sale on September 19. The regular model — available in red or silver — will cost US$ 1,399. Meanwhile, the Air X — available in gold — will cost US$ 1,799.

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