Taipei show to spotlight latest in AI, IoT

By Kuan-lin Liu, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Organizers of COMPUTEX — Asia’s largest information and technology exhibition — have said the 2017 show would put a spotlight on innovations related to the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Walter Yeh (葉明水), president of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the organizers of COMPUTEX, said this year’s exhibition would bring a rebranding of COMPUTEX, with the show’s core focus shifting to IoT, AI and innovative startups.

The four-day trade show features 1,600 businesses at 5010 booths, each showcasing innovations in one of the five following areas: AI and Robotics, IoT applications, innovations and startups, business solutions and gaming and virtual reality (VR).

Some of the leading tech companies with booths at COMPUTEX 2017 include Intel, NVIDIA, Super Micro, and Taiwan’s Asus.

Given this year’s focus on AI, Tesla, which has been at the forefront of AI development for cars, as well as AI chipmaker Dell, will attend for the first time. InnoVEX One of the four featured exhibits at this year’s COMPUTEX is InnoVEX, the largest Asian platform for innovative startups

This year’s InnoVEX will showcase innovations from 230 businesses from 20 different countries, including the U.S., Denmark, France, South Korea, Indonesia, Germany, and Pakistan.

Many of these innovations are in the area of IoT, with Taipei Computer Association’s Chang Lee (張苙) claiming that 80 percent of all innovations in the future will be related to IoT.

This is the second year that InnoVEX will be hosted alongside COMPUTEX in Taiwan, with the event running from May 30 to June 1.

The other three exhibits are SmarTEX, which TAITRA has described as “the stage for the latest IoT applications,” Gaming & VR, a platform for the latest, high-performance gaming products, and iStyle, a special showcase for Apple MFI-certified peripherals. Key Players to Watch TAITRA invited representatives from Asus, NVDIA, Intel, Tesla, and Super Micro to the Tuesday press conference. The representatives shared what visitors could expect from their booths at COMPUTEX, which runs from May 30 to June 3.

Asus deputy general manager of mobile communications Huang Chung-li (黃中立) highlighted the firm’s highly-anticipated ZenFone VR and its Republic of Gaming computers for gamers as key foci for this year’s show.

NVDIA will also put its focus on gaming, where its technology has gone from “simulating human imagination” to “simulating human intelligence.” Super Micro, a global leader in high performance and high efficiency server technology, will showcase its newest products and developments in embedded processors and GPU, according to its senior embedded server product manager Charles Chi (紀士釗) Although Tesla has yet to confirm its plans for the trade show, it disclosed to The China Post that it would be focusing on its cars, perhaps showcasing one or two of them at COMPUTEX 2017.