Smart living and Internet of Things to take spotlight at Computex 2015

18 Apr

Computex Taipei, Asia’s largest computer expo, will feature smart technology, mobile computing, cloud business and wearable technology applications this year. Participating vendors in the expo, which will run June 2-6, include leaders in the information and communication industry such as Microsoft, Asus and Intel, and start-ups supported by Taiwan’s National Development Council.

Entries for the expo’s Best Choice Award (BC Award) have been closed. The 2015 BC Award includes 18 categories and four special awards, and winners will be announced in late May. According to Taipei Computer Association (TCA), one of Computex’s organizers, nearly 450 products from 183 exhibitors were submitted for the award. Products that drew the most attention included wearable devices, industrial grade tablets, multi-functional NSA servers, gaming systems and smart appliances.

A total of three new categories were added to the award list this year — 3D Application Products, Smart Home Automation and Smart Manufacturing. The number of entries for all categories remained roughly the same. The Smart Home Automation category received nearly the same number of applications as the Internet of Things (IOT) category.

Overall, the Peripherals and Accessories category attracted the highest percentage of award applications among all categories, close to 20 percent. Many products entered in this category focused on both exterior designs and multi-functional features. Many of them can be used with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers, providing greater convenience for users.

The Computer and System category, which was originally expected to receive the same number of entries as the previous year, actually had increased applications this year due to the growing diversity of product designs in laptop and desktop computers, as well as the introduction of new processors and Windows 10.

For this year’s Computex event, Computex Taipei will jointly organize a “Meet the Future” pavilion with the National Development Council to provide a platform for young enterprises. It will also take part in the Intelligent Electronics Bridge Program from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University to present their innovative applications and solutions.

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