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Journey to the east at CommunicAsia 2010

photo ZDNet Asia captures some interesting technologies from China and Korea which are exhibited at this week's CommunicAsia tradeshow.
By Liau Yun Qing, Journalist on
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COMMUNICASIA, SINGAPORE--The logo and font of China's Silicon Valley, Z-Park, resemble the ones used in Beijing Olympics 2008. The pavillion features technologies from companies operating in the technology zone.

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This US$300 e-reader from Datang Telecom supports PDF, Microsoft Word as well as .txt files. Unlike the Amazon Kindle which is sold off the shelf (off the e-shelf, to be more precise), Datang Telecom's e-reader is available via partnering telcos (such as China Mobile for the set above) which will then include value added services such as pushing recommended book links to the users. The e-reader currently supports English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

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The e-reader runs on 3G using a SIM card and includes a 4GB micro SD.

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Unlike conventional card bodies where there is only one SIM card slot, this prototype from Datang Telecom can hold two SIM cards on one card chasis. The Datang Telecom representative said the company is also able to produce paper card bodies.

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At the South Korean pavillion, Esol Information & Communication demonstrates its high-definition (HD) conferencing system which is targeted for use in classrooms and e-learning. The setup shown here inclues the MviDocs (Multi Video Document Conferencing System) and a HD Web camera. A company representative said by using its proprietary codec card, the HD Web cam can transfer HD videos much faster at 1Mbps while current offerings transfer at 4Mbps.

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The system allows the host to share and broadcast documents and files such as a Powerpoint presentation, as shown above.
The software is set up and hosted on the customer's server. Both host and remote users connect to the IP address of the server to participate in the video conferencing session. With permission, remote users will be able to doodle on the document shared by host.

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An Esol demonstrator jots down notes on the large touchscreen used in the conferencing setup. The system has been adopted in Korea and Taiwan, and is priced according to the number of remote users it can support in a conference session. Customers will have to fork out US$10,000 for the system to support up to 20 users, and US$20,000 for up to 50 users. ="">

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