New wave of smart tech on show at COM­PU­TEX

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Smart living and wear­able tech­nol­ogy will take cen­ter stage at Asia’s largest tech trade show from Tues­day with gad­gets promis­ing to do ev­ery­thing from an­a­lyz­ing state of mind to iden­ti­fy­ing bur­glars.

Held in the cap­i­tal Taipei, COM­PU­TEX will see 1,700 ex­hibitors from Tai­wan and around the world with 130,000 vis­i­tors ex­pected over the five-day event, now in its 35th year.

“Smart living and wear­able tech­nol­ogy re­main the fo­cus, but vis­i­tors will find more ma­ture prod­ucts,” said David Liu, of the Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion.

While stand­alone smart prod­ucts were on show pre­vi­ously, tech firms are now broad­en­ing their am­bi­tions, says Liu.

“Many of the ex­hibitors demon­strated their smart home de­vices last year, like plugs, lights or locks, but those de­vices did not work as sys­tems,” he told AFP.

“The lat­est prod­ucts use an app and infrared sen­sors to come up with a to­tal so­lu­tion. So in the case of home se­cu­rity, say, users can now au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive images of any in­trud­ers into their home.”

Wear­ables have a ded­i­cated area — in­clud­ing smart watches, fab­rics and glasses — and will this year fea­ture a new de­vice which prom­ises to mea­sure stress lev­els caused by work through an­a­lyz­ing “mind waves,” or­ga­niz­ers said.

Mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and 3D in­no­va­tions will also be key ar­eas of this year’s show.

But though COM­PU­TEX con­tin­ues to at­tract ma­jor in­ter­na­tional play­ers such as In­tel, Mi­crosoft and Ford, it comes at a time when Tai­wan is fight­ing to main­tain its tech edge in the face of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion from China.

Tai­wan last month low­ered its growth fore­cast, blam­ing in­creased com­pe­ti­tion from the main­land in the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try.

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