The world’s biggest high-tech trade fair is underway in Hanover, Germany. Showcasing the latest must-have computer, telecommunications and consumer electronics gear CeBIT was officially opened by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Looking round the show, she chose to check out a conventional phone rather than some of the more exotic offerings such as lederhosen with a built-in mobile and a bathroom mirror that flashes up the latest stock market prices while you put on your make-up or shave.
Merkel called for new technology firms to continue leading the way in Europe’s biggest economy. She said the high-tech sector should remain the “engine of innovation for Germany” but the 6,000 exhibitors from 77 countries represented a substantial fall in the number of participants in recent years. Big names like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems Motorola and Nokia are not taking part.