Taiwanese technology giants unveil new products at CES 2019

LAS VEGAS (CNA) – Taiwanese technology heavyweights including Lite-On Technology, motherboard vendor Gigabyte and semiconductor company ELAN Microelectronics Corp. are demonstrating new products at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a week-long showcase of gadgets in Las Vegas that opened Tuesday.

Lite-On’s camera-based Driver Monitoring System (DMS) technology, which can determine a driver’s level of attentiveness, by monitoring body posture and facial expressions, was displayed for the first time.

The company’s optical design team and its automotive lens manufacturers jointly developed a special camera lens which uses facial expression and hand gesture recognition technology, according to Lite-On automotive electronics SBU general manager Michael Wang (王明仁).

The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, the nation’s foremost trade promotion organization, is also showcasing 42 products from 18 Taiwanese companies with cutting-edge technology.

These include Lyra Voice by ASUSTeK Computer Inc., a three-in-one smart voice router that supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and ALPAS-Smart Agriculture Unmanned Helicopter by GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology Inc..

The helicopter is equipped with a state-of-the-art flight control computer and dual ‘laser/ultrasonic’ sensors, which facilitate automatic precision spraying.

With 4,500 exhibitors, the CES trade show is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors.

However, fewer Chinese companies are taking part this year, according to the organizer, with only 1,211 Chinese firms buying booth space to show off their latest technology – 21 percent fewer than last year.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has also kept a low profile this year, neither unveiling new products, nor sending any executives to the consumer electronics show.

Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟), chief financial officer of the Shenzhen-based firm, was arrested in Canada Dec. 1 following a reported investigation by U.S. authorities for alleged breaches of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Meng, daughter of Huawei’s founder, currently faces extradition to the United States.

By Chiang Ming-yan and Yu-Chen Chung