New wave of smart tech on show at COMPUTEX
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.