The future is now...

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It looks like we can expect some rain this evening-and it may even start by the afternoon-and then it'll rain off and on for Wednesday and Thursday. The weather should clear up on Friday and we can expect nice weather for the weekend. Highs all week will be around 30C.

Europe's biggest electronics show IFA is in full swing in Berlin, and alongside the familiar televisions and smartphones its aisles are bursting with gadgets on the stranger side.

Here's a look at some of the most eye-catching inventions:

DIY cyborg

Some firms are trying to take chips you can implant into your own body at home mainstream. A simple kit includes a sterile syringe and surgical gloves, allowing buyers to insert -- pain-free, according to the manufacturer -- a tiny chip into their finger that could replace car keys or the gym fob or even be used to store sensitive personal data. Digiwell, from 75 euros.

A dog's life

A small device that attaches to a canine companion's collar offers training tips, based on readings of his vital signs and movements. And with a GPS chip on board, there's no chance of Rover roving too far. Jagger & Lewis, from 99 euros.

Snore stopper

The U.S.-based manufacturers have already sold 25,000 of these tiny devices, which look like a pebble connected to a tiny computer. Once placed under a pillow, this marital miracle worker uses its sensors to detect loud snoring and vibrates to gently shift the pillow into a different position. The idea is to change the orientation of the throat and nasal passages to cut down on the worst of the noise -- and potentially save your relationship. Smart Nora, from 250 euros.

Recycling

French inventors have come up with a little scanner users can clip to the side of their rubbish bin. It reads the barcode on whatever you're about to throw away and tells you where the item belongs in the recycling -- glass, plastic or cardboard. And to keep users coming back, the device offers prolific scanners reward points that can be used for online shopping. Eugene, from 79 euros.

Bye bye, laundry night

Another prototype from Panasonic, this wardrobe will wash, dry and fold away the laundry -- all without a hint of human intervention. Users just place dirty clothes on a shelf, from where they're whisked into the built-in washing machine, dried, then folded by robotic arms.

Iron jaw

Electric muscle stimulation may be familiar to those desperate for washboard abs, but what about those who are self-conscious about their necks? In just 60 seconds a day, the inventors of this device promise to tone up your throat and chin muscles with painless electric pulses. Rio Toner, from 75 euros.

Airborne selfie stick

Rather than lug around a cumbersome telescopic pole for those must-snap moments, why not a drone complete with HD camera that fits in the palm of your hand? The smartphone-controlled chopper can reach heights of 20 metres (65 feet). Airselfie, from 249 euros.

Cooked to perfection

German domestic appliance maker Miele has perfected what it calls an "intelligent oven" that detects what sort of food has been placed inside and adapts the cooking process to match, based on a database of recipes. The cooker promises a perfect leg of lamb with crunchy asparagus and melt-in-the-mouth potatoes, all without having to open the door once. Dialog Oven, on sale in 2018.

Can you understand what these products do? Are any of them tempting? Interesting? Or a little scary?

Have a great day!

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