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  CeBIT 2003, Europe's largest IT show 
  Mar 20, 2003, 11:30am EST 

Promising products and more

By: Sander Sassen

Of course there were also products that were presented in a rather awkward way, although sometimes pretty funny, and we certainly do not want to keep those from you Motorola for example had a DVD-player-receiver on display that they claimed combined all the necessary elements to satisfy the demands of the modern home theatre user. They demoed the DVD-player-receiver standing on top of a heap of compressed old amplifiers, turntables, VCRs, etc. and interesting display we might add, but we were more curious as to what remains resembled what in the heap of rubble, than the actual Motorola product.

Motorola DVD/receiver

Fig 19. The Motorola DVD-player-receiver presented in a rather original way, standing on top of compressed A/V products.

Philips Defibrillator

Fig 20. The Philips press room bar, noticed the large red box in the center that reads defibrillator.

At the Philips booth there was also an interesting display, when entering the press room for some drinks we noticed a large red box attached to the wall just behind the bar, and upon closer inspection we found out it was a defibrillator, made by Philips of course. After asking around we were told that it had nothing to do with the amount of alcohol being served at the Philips bar, nor with the average age of prospective customers visiting the Philips booth, but was simply a requirement of the CeBIT organization.

Masterflex fuelcell

Fig 21. The Masterflex fuelcell, still rather bulky but a good proof of concept, and providing 50-watts of power for 8 hours.

A working prototype of a fuelcell for notebooks was also shown, although not in really ‘portable’ dimensions, the Masterflex fuelcell was more intended to be installed in the base of a suit- or flightcase than to be installed inside a notebook or other portable device. However, according to the manufacturer, it does manage to provide up to 50-watts of power for 8-hours, which would mean that a notebook could be run off of it for about 24-hours on end.

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