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Taiwan hosts Asia’s largest computer show this year as 1,700 exhibitors and an expected 100,000 visitors get ready to cram Computex – the annual showcase for the latest trends in the PC industry.
Amongst those displaying their wares, Acer is hoping to wow buyers with the Aspire R7 – a new hyper-flexible laptop, which can be remodeled into tablet, stand or presentation modes, and is on the market for around 750 Euros. As Acer president, Jim Wong, explains, the company is proud of the product’s versatility:
“That’s why we call it a progressive design. We try to offer the users the experience. They can move a screen closer to them, to really enjoy touch it and to type at the same time.”
The only car manufacturer attending the show, Ford, is showing off a newly designed dashboard which can play different genres of music depending on your requests. Punters can also get their hands on a battery-operated emergency phone which has two GSM bands, is usable around the world without a SIM card, and is small enough to fit inside the rucksacks of the most intrepid of travelers.
Elsewhere, Neurosky’s new headset explores the potential of mind control. Whilst users try and concentrate on lifting a toy helicopter, the device measures your brainwaves and heartbeat signals, and helping to exercise your mind. As Neuroksy employee, Lydia Lin, explains: “This headset can be used to train kids to make them feel focused. It can help them improve in their school work.”
And for those suffering from clogged coffee tables, there’s always a touch-screen equivalent, priced at a tidy 2,300 Euros.