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Computex Taipei to highlight wearable, touch, cloud, and big data
Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
2014-06-02 03:47 PM
What can we expect from this year’s Computex Taipei, one of the world’s largest and most-anticipated computer trade shows? In Computex’s pre-show international press conference held on Monday, Executive Vice President Walter Yeh of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the event organizer, said that this year’s Computex is a new product platform as Microsoft, AMD, and some other companies are going to have a new product announcement before and during the show.

This year’s Computex takes place in four expo halls in Taipei that are packed with 1,710 exhibitors using 5,069 booths. MediaTek, the world’s 2nd largest IC maker for mobile devices, participates in the show for the first time along with world’s top makers including Acer, ASUS, Delta and Transcend, AMD, FORD, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, and Supermicro.

According to Yeh, TAITRA will arrange more than 1,000 procurement meetings during the show. In addition to the one-on-one procurement matchmaking meetings, a Summit Forum will be held on Wednesday. At this forum to map the future technology, Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, M.K. Tsai, CEO of MediaTek, Stan Shih, founder & president of Acer, and Shane Owenby, Managing Director of Amazon Web Services Asia Paci¬fic will be invited to share insights on the convergence of social interacting technology, mobility, cloud, and the shape of things to come. And Industry Forums on Tuesday will open rare moments to connect with top executives from Amazon Web Service, Cisco, Broadcom, IDC, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Salesforce as they spotlight hot topics like big data, internet of things and much more.

Today, design and innovation (d&i) award ceremony has become a key event for COMPUTEX TAIPEI. This year, a total of 74 products are being awarded from 288 product entries. Award winners include Qualcomm, Sandisk, Philips, ASUS, Acer, HTC and many more global brand names. These awarded products will soon begin an all-year global tour to display at leading ICT exhibitions. In the Computex opening ceremony scheduled for June 3, a number of winners for d&i Gold Award and Best Choice Award 2014 among the 74 winning products will be announced on the site, and the awarded products will be showcased at Nangang Exhibition Hall. Ralph Wiegmann, Managing Director of iF International Forum Design, said at Computex's pre-show Monday that this year juries found overall better quality than it used to be last year. Computex d&i awards is organized in partnership with iF, according to Yeh.

The HTC Dot View, a smart cover accessory created by Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (2498) and tailored for its One M8 flagship phone, was among the five Gold Award winners of Computex Taipei d&i awards revealed Monday. The HTC Dot View case is designed to interact with the phone without flipping the cover open. Other Gold Award winning products include X300A Wireless digital Hi-Fi speaker system by GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd., Philips Two-in-One monitor by Royal Philips, cyliner cell phone car holder by Taer Innovation Co., Ltd., and Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse by Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.

TAITRA’s Executive Vice President Yeh also announced a unique application for Computex visitors. Yeh encouraged visitors to download COMPUTEX app to efficiently navigate around the exhibition hall floor. The application is available for download at Android, iOS, and Windows mobile platforms.

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