A cat feeding. CatsPad, an automated food and water dispenser you can control remotely using a smartphone app, will dispense food and water to as many as five pet cats at once. It is among gadgets on show at IFA 2019 in Berlin.

Four smart home innovations for peace of mind on your travels – to feed your cats and plants and keep house secure

  • At IFA 2019 consumer technology fair in Berlin, smart home gadgets that come into their own when you’re away were a theme
  • From CatsPad that feeds up to five cats, to the Connect smart garden, to an app to turn off the burglar alarm that went off for nothing, these are our picks
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A cat feeding. CatsPad, an automated food and water dispenser you can control remotely using a smartphone app, will dispense food and water to as many as five pet cats at once. It is among gadgets on show at IFA 2019 in Berlin.
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The Mutrics Music-X Series smart audio sunglasses – one of the innovations on show at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Jamie Carter

IFA 2019 – five weird tech ideas, from smartphone with slide-out keyboard to musical sunglasses

  • Need a robotic therapy cushion shaped like a cat that wags its tail, or an app to forewarn you of the need to pee? How about a cloud-connected piece of wood?
  • The annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany, is the place to discover gadgets you’ve never thought you might need … until now
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The Mutrics Music-X Series smart audio sunglasses – one of the innovations on show at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Jamie Carter
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