The technology of Computex 2014

The technology of Computex 2014

Summary: From wearables, to 3D printers, slim 2-in-1 laptops, and proper old-school over-powered computers, Computex 2014 held in Taiwan last week offered something for everyone.

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  • Wearables

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    The talking point of this year's Computex was wearables. It seemed like everyone either wanted them, is armed with plans to produce them in the future, or had them available as wrist-mounted objects.

    Above is the Acer Liquid Leap, which has the same functionality of many wearables at the moment: Email alerts, physical activity tracking, and music controls.

    If you were looking for the next stage in wearables, maybe a smart shirt or cloud-enabled onesie, then I can only suggest you postpone your hope until next year.

  • Cheaper wearables

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet)

    As with most items at Computex, there is always the "cheaper alternative" from China.

    This wearable, which claims to tracking activity and sleep patterns, had a screen and responsiveness that could only be described as difficult.

    A gentleman on the booth told ZDNet that the issues with the screen was something that was being ironed out — it clearly hasn't stopped them trying to flog version 1 to conference goers.

  • Intel RealSense

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    What a holographic display that uses a 3D camera for input control? Then Intel's RealSense camera could be just the ticket.

    Despite several unsuccessful attempts to capture a 3D image on a 2D image-producing camera, the best we can offer is to inform you that it does work, has a very narrow viewing angle which would make it great for preventing others from snooping on what is open on your screen, and using the interface can make you look silly.

    It's probably not going to feature the desktop of 2024, but it is an eye-catching prototype/toy implementation.

    Disclosure: Chris Duckett travelled to Computex as a guest of Intel.

Topics: Hardware, Consumerization

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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