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Computex to showcase games, IoT, innovations

Staff writer, with CNA

Models pose with computer products at the Computex Taipei trade show on June 2 last year.

Photo: AFP

Games, the Internet of Things (IoT), innovation and business solutions are to be the four themes at this year’s Computex Taipei, which will have more than 1,600 exhibitors from a record 26 nations, organizers said on Monday.

Hoping to “build partnerships in Internet computing ecosystems,” Computex is to showcase IoT applications, such as smart-home technology, wearable devices and electronics designed for cars, in the “SmarTEX” exhibition, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

The show is to introduce an “InnoVEX” section to target tech startups for the first time, with a series of demonstrations and a competition with a NT$1 million prize (US$30,746) to extend the range of Asia’s biggest and the world’s second-largest computer fair.

As for games, more than 30 companies, including Cooler Master Co (訊凱國際), Micro-Star International Co (微星科技) and Thermaltake Technology Co (曜越科技), are to showcase their products designed for gamers in a dedicated area at the fair, the council said.

It is also to team up with HWBOT, a Taipei-based online forum for overclocking — pushing your computer hardware harder and faster than it was certified for by the manufacturer— to hold a global competition for overclockers to be broadcast through video game streaming site Twitch.

Apart from leading tech companies, such as Microsoft Corp, Intel Corp, and Taiwan’s Acer Inc (宏碁) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), Computex is to see the return of Siemens AG after a three-year absence and the first appearance of Swiss robotics maker ABB, the council said.

The trade fair is scheduled to take place at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Halls 1 and 3, and the Nangang Exhibition Hall, as well as the Taipei International Convention Center from May 31 to June 4.

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