This year’s Computex Taipei was held at the beginning of June. This specialist exhibition attracts technology professionals and buyers from all over the world to visit every year. Although it may seem a bit remote from ordinary consumers, it still offers a glimpse of new trends in high-tech products for the coming year.
Computex has been held each year for more than three decades. This year the uncontested hottest topics and product applications were virtual reality, the Internet of Things and robot applications which are more closely relevant to consumer’s lives. A new feature arranged for this year’s show was InnoVEX — a special section devoted to innovation and startups. As well as providing space for startup teams to demonstrate their wares, it was also a stage for many big international manufacturers to exhibit their innovative technology applications.
One of the hottest exhibits was German carmaker Audi’s latest all-digital virtual cockpit technology, which allows drivers to choose, according to their preferences, to display conventional information including a tachometer and speedometer, or switch to a big-screen map navigation system. In conjunction with a human-machine user interface and quick-access keys on the steering wheel, this makes it easier for the driver to grasp all kinds of driving information and perform driving settings and operations through touch or spoken commands.
Photo: Yang Ya-min, Liberty Times
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
1. startup n.
(xin1 chuang4 gong1 si1)
例: Generally speaking, startups are a risky investment.
2. cockpit n.
(zuo4 cang1; jia4 shi3 cang1)
例: The pilot climbed into the cockpit and prepared for takeoff.
3. tachometer n.
(zhuan3 su4 biao3)
例: The unit displayed on a tachometer is rpm, meaning revolutions per minute.
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