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IT Month computer fair to showcase latest technology

By Jackie Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

With the major theme of "building a digital life," the upcoming IT Month exhibition is scheduled to showcase a wide range of state-of-the-art information technology products and services to help the public gain a better understanding of future industry developments.

The expo, which starts on Saturday and runs until Dec. 12 in Taipei, will display how digital concepts can be integrated into peoples' daily lives using information technology, household appliances and mobile devices, organizers said.

"As wireless applications are taking the lead in today's IT industry, the concept of a `digital home' should serve as the locomotive to push the development of the next burgeoning industry," Raff Liu (劉瑞復), chief of the exhibition's committee, said at a press conference yesterday.

Wireless Internet services are currently available through mobile phones and some hot spots at various fast food chains, as well as coffee shops and airports.

The Taipei and Kaohsiung city governments are planning to expand the applications next year with the aim of building wireless metropolises.

While the Kaohsiung government is preparing budgets to introduce wireless services, Taipei will use private investments to deploy access points on wire poles or traffic lights to offer a more convenient life, Liu said.

"Because the merging of IT services and household electronic appliances will be the future trend, digital scenarios will be shown in the exhibition, allowing the public to have a feel for the new lifestyle," he said.

One of the pavilions will showcase a virtual shopping mall, which combines a shopping experience with interactive games for visitors wearing 3D glasses.

Winners of the shopping competition can take home prizes such as laptop computers or smart phones.

The expo also features 350 exhibitors, occupying nearly 1,800 booths in Exhibition Hall I and III at the Taipei World Trade Center.

The event will then tour a few other cities, stopping in Taichung from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22, Tainan from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 and finally Kaohsiung from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12. Admission is free.

While most manufacturers are slated to offer discounts on their IT products, the latest inventions will also be displayed.

Dopod International Corp (多普達) will be showcasing the world's smallest PDA (personal digital assistant) phone, the Dopod818, which just hit the shelves yesterday with a selling price of NT$22,900 (US$715).

With a 2.8-inch (71mm) screen, the 150g phone can play films and also be used as a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, said Katherine Hsiao (蕭佳雯), Dopod's assistant marketing manager.

ViewSonic International Corp (優派國際) will introduce its WMG80 wireless media adapter, as well as a wireless media gateway, which is used as a storage device and has a 80GB hard drive.

The models were rolled out in the US last month and will be available in Taiwan in the first quarter of next year, according to ViewSonic's product manager Mike Chiang (蔣宗志).

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