What to Expect at Computex – Taipei International Information Technology Show

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Rico Shen [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s just a few days more before Computex, Taiwan’s biggest computer and technology fair, opens. This year, the five-day event will be held from June 3 to June 7 at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Hall 1 in Taipei City, Taiwan. The event is being organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA). Dedicated to consumer electronics, computers, and information and communications technology, Computex is set to introduce the latest products and innovations for consumers, businesses, and organizations.

The following are some of the most interesting tech products to look forward to:

Flexible Battery

Prologium, a Taiwanese battery maker, is set to present their flexible battery at Computex. This battery is expected to be an important component in coming up with flexible smartphones. The battery technology should also make it easier to create wearable devices that can flex naturally to avoid getting easily damaged with the frequent movements, bends, and twists. It can be an excellent pair to KAIST’s similarly flexible thermoelectric generator.

Smartwatch for Seniors

GuiderCare will be one of the exhibitors at Computex 2014 and it is expected to present its elderly-friendly Android smartwatch. It comes with a customized Android OS designed to take away the complications and featured deemed unnecessary. It also comes with a gyroscope that can detect if the wearer falls down and is unable to get up so help can be sent as soon as possible. The smartwatch can generate health reports and comes with a call function that can be pre-programmed to contact a specific number or SOS hotline. Of course, it can also tell the time. The ability of the watch to detect if the wearer has slipped (fallen) and become unconscious is really a good feature that should be in every smartwatch or smart band.

PC + Tablet + Smartphone Combo Device from Asus

Asus is perhaps the first manufacturer (or at least the first popular device manufacturer) to offer a tablet that can work as a laptop computer or vice versa – the Asus Transformer. Looks like the Taiwanese company has another innovative offering to show at the upcoming Computex 2014. The company released a teaser on their YouTube channel. Entitled “What Will It Blend,” the video features three devices being put into a blender.

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By Intel Free Press [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sony’s Large e-Readers

Sony also has something to show at the 2014 Computex. Aside from the host of smartphones the company has announced this year, the company will also be showcasing its 13.3” e-reader with an e-ink display. It’s officially named the DPT-S1 and it costs a hefty $1,000 if purchased in Japan. For buyers in the United States, it is available on Amazon for $1,300. The device weighs 12.9 ounces and has an impressive three-week battery life. It also comes with a stylus pen and pen holder. It is not a product aimed at personal or typical individual use but more on professional applications.

Handheld 3D Scanner

Emphasis on “3D.” You may have already heard of or actually used handheld scanners in the past; this 3D scanner from Taiwan’s ITR is definitely more than that kind of scanner. It is designed for 3D modeling and printing and is claimed to be accurate up to .2mm. Indeed, 3D technology is making waves this year. This handheld scanner is useful for personalized 3D modeling, digital archiving, and cultural preservation purposes.

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By Alange6373 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


A number of companies are expected to present their Google-Glass-like devices at Computex. One of the most interesting ones is the SiMEye from ChipSip. It runs on Android and is capable of conducting real-time video chats. It also has the ability to run almost every Android app on Google Play.

Intel Moorefield

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel showed its dual-core Moorefield series. At Computex, the company is likely to present the quad-core 64-bit version intended for smartphones and tablets. it will run at 2.3 GHz, produced using 22nm manufacturing, and has support for up to 4GB RAM, 256GB of data storage, and a 13.1MP camera module. There are no details yet on which mobile phone brands will be used to demonstrate this new processor from Intel. Hopefully, a handset from at least one major brand such as LG or Sony will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of Intel Moorefield.

There are many other new products and technologies to expect at Computex. The event may not be as big as the CES, MWS, and IFA of the West but it is definitely worth visiting if you are a big fan of computers, electronics, and technology in general.