Acer teams up with startup ser­vice for an In­ter­net of Things ini­tia­tive

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wanese PC maker Acer Inc. ( ) teamed up Wed­nes­day with lo­cal startup in­cu­ba­tor Ap­pWorks Ven­tures to pro­mote devel­op­ment of and ap­pli­ca­tions pow­ered by the In­ter­net of Things (IoT, ) tech­nol­ogy.

The part­ner­ship marks the first step taken by Acer in its “Blue Sky” ini­tia­tive that fo­cuses on IoT — an emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy that con­nects an ar­ray of de­vices to each other and the In­ter­net — in which Acer has in­vited six in­no­va­tion teams fos­tered by Ap­pWorks to present their prod­ucts and ser­vices to Acer ex­ec­u­tives. The show­case will be held on quar­terly ba­sis by a va­ri­ety

a of Tai­wanese de­vel­op­ers, while Acer will de­cide whether it will work with the teams and of­fer them mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion re­sources, ac­cord­ing to Acer.

Robert Wang ( ), gen­eral manager of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud ( BYOC) and tablet busi­ness group, told a me­dia brief­ing that Acer is ini­tially in­ter­ested in work­ing with two of Ap­pWorks’de­vel­oper teams — Long­Good and Sentri.

Wang said the two teams are ex­pected to in­te­grate their ap­pli­ca­tions with Acer’s open cloud plat­form to ex­pand the scale of Acer’s BYOC al­liance.

Also, Acer plans to in­tro­duce so­lu­tions from chip­mak­ers such as Me­di­aTek Inc. ( ) and In­tel Corp. and con­tract elec­tron­ics mak­ers like Quanta Com­puter Inc. ( ) and Wistron Corp. (

) to al­low the de­vel­oper teams to pro­duce their prod­ucts more quickly us­ing ad­vanced com­po­nents, Wang said.

Long­Good uses mo­tion sens­ing and cloud com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­velop a non-con­tact re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sys­tem that can de­tect body move­ment and phys­i­o­log­i­cal in­for­ma­tion through re­mote sen­sors, and to pro­vide var­i­ous re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion games to en­cour­age pa­tients to en­gage in phys­i­cal ther­apy.

Sentri pro­vides com­plete home mon­i­tor­ing and au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tions on one dis­play, which de­liv­ers per­son­al­ized alerts.

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