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Computex turns to IoT, wearables extravaganza

Posted: 19 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IoT? wearable? Computex? Acer? ASUS?

Computex 2015 showcases a collection of interesting IoT devices and inexpensive wearable devices that you don't normally see. This year's show had the usual big-name Taiwan companies including Acer, ASUS, Gigabyte, MediaTek, but was missing larger Korean and mainland Chinese manufacturers such as Samsung, Lenovo, LG, etc.

Computex, for those unfamiliar, is technology conference in Taipei, Taiwan that has largely focused on the IT and PC industry since it was started in the early '80s. Over the last two years the show has tried to incorporate more mobile, IoT and wearable technologies, in addition to the IT and PC markets.

Main TWTC Exhibition Hall 1 at Computex 2015

Main TWTC Exhibition Hall 1 at Computex 2015. The show was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from June 2-5

The show did feature a Microsoft Windows 10 press conference and an Intel keynote. The underlying message from both of those events was there's continued opportunity for the PC ecosystem. In particular, Microsoft focused on highlighting an estimated 600 million PCs that were over four years old, implying there's a very large upgrade market available to PC manufacturers and suppliers. Nvidia launched the GeForce 980Ti high-end graphics chip at the show and there were lots of partners showing the card in their booths.

ASUS was particularly active with a streaming press conference that featured a smartphone (Zenphone Selfie with dual 13MP cameras with laser focus and using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor), tablets (ZenPad series tablets using Intel Atom processors and stylish clues such as the Zen Clutch cover), and a high-end all-in-one PC (Zen AiO with Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX980 graphics and 32GB of DRAM).

The remote Nangang Hall was largely dedicated to PC and PC peripherals. At the Nangang Hall it was evident that almost every PC manufacturer and PC peripheral manufacturer was looking to address the PC gaming market with specific products tailored to that segment. This looked to be one of the more vibrant parts of the PC industry as "eSports" has become very popular in Asia and the U.S. Acer had a large display of its Predator gaming brand, with PCs, laptops, super-wide monitors and even video projectors.

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