Last week the second largest tech show in the world after Germany’s CeBit was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Computex 2014 which ran from June 3 to 7 allowed several companies to showcase some of their upcoming products and technologies. We’re not talking about small companies here but the heavy hitters such as Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, and Panasonic just to name a few.
With the event already wrapped up we have seen several promising technologies that will become popular in the coming months.
This Taiwanese company has been quite busy during Computex 2014 and has announced several of its products.
Liquid Leap: This is the company’s first wearable device that’s a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. It has most of the features that a smartwatch has such as providing notifications and pause, play and skip music tracks. It can also keep track of a user’s sleep, steps, distance traveled and calories burned.
Liquid Jade: Acer is calling this device as the “world’s most compact 5-inch smartphone”. It is very thin and light with the device measuring only between 6.8mm and 0.75mm (0.27-0.03 inch) thick. No final weight has been set yet however the company says that it will be under 120g (4.23 ounces). This device will become available in Europe and Asia in the third quarter of this year and will be bundled with the Liquid Leap.
Extend: This app allows a consumer to control their smartphone from a PC.
Liquid E700: Still not content with a device that has dual-SIM functionality? You might want to check out the Acer Liquid E700 that that three SIM slots. This means you can be on three carriers at once with just one smartphone.
Asus is another Taiwanese company that has been busy showcasing its upcoming products during the event.
Transformer Book V: This device is a Windows 8.1 laptop that also comes with a detacheable Android smartphone at the back. Consumers will be able to use the 12.5-inch tablet and the 5-inch smartphone separately or with the keyboard attached can be used as a laptop.
Fonepad 7, Fonepad 8: The new Fonepad models of the company now sport 64-bit processors and features 3G connectivity, dual SIM slots, speaker and mic that allows for calls to be made.
MeMO Pad 8: The company calls this as the “world’s lightest 8-inch LTE tablet.” They could be right as this device weighs in at only 299 grams. This device uses a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel processor and has an 8-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Dell was present during the event and showed some of its products.
Venue 7, Venue 8: These are both Android tablets with prices starting at $160. These models are upgrades from the previous models which now feature a much powerful processor and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The Venue 7 has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 while the Venue 8 has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200.
HP also made its presence felt at Computex 2014 bringing in several of its products.
Slatebook 14: We could be seeing more laptops running on the Android platform in the near future as HP unveiled its Slatebook 14 laptop. This device runs on Android and has impressive features such as an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, a 1080p touchscreen and a nine-hour battery. It is estimated to cost $220 once it hits the market.
The world’s popular processor maker has made its presence felt in the event by showcasing some of its products and making new announcements.
Wireless computing: Intel wants to create a wire-free computing environment as early as 2016. The company is now developing technologies that will allow devices such as keyboards, mouse, monitors, and other peripherals to wirelessly communicate which will render USB or HDMI ports useless.