Computex gives insights into future of tech

Tech June 11, 2018 01:00

By   JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION
TAIPEI, TAIWAN

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WITH MORE than 42,000 visitors from 168 countries, Computex 2018 here was a huge success. 



The most number of visitors came from the US, Japan and China, while Thais were at No 6. 

Computex 2019 will be held from May 28 to June 1.

Leonor Lin, executive vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), said that the Computex 2018 ICT trade show that concluded on Saturday attracted 42,284 international visitors from 168 countries, up almost 1 per cent over last year. 

The most number of visitors came from the US, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, India and Philippines. 

Computex 2018 featured six themes – artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), innovation & start-ups, and gaming and virtual reality (VR). It also offered forums under three themes: AI, future trend and IoT sessions. 

As AI technology matures and IoT applications proliferate, two technologies converge and become the rapidly emerging AIoT (AI+IoT), and the trade showed the response to this trend. In addition to servers designed for AI computing and big data storage, Gigoabyte leveraged software of resources of its partners and rolled out a hybrid cloud for AI and data analytics. 

Meanwhile, Compal introduced an all-round solution that combines professional advanced designs and cloud computing. Vivotek’s next-generation smart camera with image analysis capabilities and built-in deep learning algorithms can generate added value for the retail sector, as it can accurately calculate the number of people and the length of time they stay in shop. 

In addition, InnoVEX, an initiative focused on innovations, which also featured a start-ups exhibition, attracted 17,678 visitors, a sharp 18 per cent increase over last year. The event saw 388 start-up exhibitors from 21 countries demonstrate AI- related technologies or applications. It also teamed up with private companies and the government to raise a prize pool of US$350,000 (Bt11.2 million) for the InooFEX pitch contest. This year’s grand prize was awarded to Bioinspira.

It will increase to scalable areas in order to bring more innovative momentum to Computex as it joins companies around the globe to demonstrate technology to disrupt business and reinvent lifestyle.