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