COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014 Wrap-up : ASUS, Ford and More
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014 drew to a close on June 7, 2014. Over five days of frenzied activities, buyers, big brands, innovators and anyone with a passion for technology converged at the TAIPEI World Trade Center to celebrate technology, conduct business and learn about innovations headed our way. Four expo halls were reserved for the event that attracted 1,710 exhibitors across the gamut of ICT.
Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), this year’s event witnessed a bigger turnout than 2013 with a final visitor count expected to be close to 130,000. Here’s a snapshot of just a few cool happenings from the event.
- The keynote addresses were delivered by Intel President Renée J. James and Oplink CEO Joseph Y. Liu. James said that Moore’s Law will continue driving innovation and prevent a further decline in PC sales. She urged Intel’s partners in Taiwan to continue developing new x86 devices. She added that constant reinvention in the technology industry will make the world a more connected and integrated place. Liu spoke about Oplink Connected Life’s potential in the connected living space and possibilities for the future.
- Top notebook vendor ASUS debuted its Transformer Book V, a two-in-one laptop with a detachable Android phone, the 7-inch Fonepad and the world’s lightest 8-inch LTE tablet – the MemoPad 8.
- Acer’s move into wearables was evident in the introduction of the 17 mm thick Liquid Leap set to be launched with the new Liquid Jade phone in September.
- Ford used the COMPUTEX platform to reveal its vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology that helps prevent collisions by sharing communication about other vehicles’ trajectory with the driver and warning him of impending dangers.
- Nick Parker, Microsoft’s VP of OEM, presented the HP Pro X2 612 two-in-one detachable PC for business users. The other Windows device was a 7-inch tablet from Toshiba with what the company calls a ‘champagne-gold’ finish. Parker also announced that the company would give away licenses for free on devices with screen sizes smaller than nine inches.
- Acer and MediaTek announced a collaboration to explore opportunities in cloud computing and IoT applications.
- Intel announced its next-gen 14nm Broadwell processor that – according to the company – lowers active power consumption and doubles computing speed.
- The COMPUTEX d&i gold award was bagged by HTC, GP Acoustics, Philips, Taer Innovation and Thermaltake Technology.
COMPUTEX 2015 is scheduled between June 2 and June 6 next year, make sure it’s in your calendar.