Computex is just around the corner and we’ve got a sneak peak at some of the cool gadgets that are going to be on display starting June 3rd in Taipei. At the Best Choice Awards we got to go hands on with a flexible battery that you can cut, a handheld 3D scanner, 13.3″ E Reader and a smartwatch for the elderly.
One of our favorite Taiwanese companies was showing off their Flexible battery, Prologium is an innovative start up here in Taiwan that has recently gotten the venture capital to open a factory and bring their product which will enable new form factors in wearable technology. We’ve got a detailed company profile here if you’re keen to learn more about how it works.
Last year we saw Haswell, Windows 8 tablets & high rez smartphone display’s abound. This year the wearable trend seems to be a little more mature with unique products headed to specialized markets. GuiderCare is a Smartwatch for the elderly, it’s already shipping in Australia and they were showing off their latest wearable with the GD-800, Android is skinned to keep the complications away from the elderly. Instead you have 4 buttons, health reports, time, call button to pre-programed number and a SOS call. I have to admit that I didn’t find it that easy to use though the benefits of tracking perhaps outweigh my Grandpa’s need to know how it works. The onboard gyroscope can detect falling and if you don’t get up or remain unconscious help can be sent your way.
If larger really expensive e-Readers are you thing then we may have hit the motherload here with the Sony DPT-S1 a 13.3″ E-Ink device that weighs in at around $1000 in Japan or $1300 on Amazon if you want to pick it up in the US. It’s 12.9 ounces and you’ll get around 3 weeks of battery life. There is a pen holder attached to the display for all of your writing needs. It’s gorgeous, but it’s beauty does come at a price.
The coolest product of all was a handheld 3D scanner by Taiwan’s ITRI whose main focus is on licensing their IP of which they have tons! The handheld 3D scanner is accurate up to .2mm and is aimed at 3D printing, personalized 3d modeling, cultural preservation and digital archiving. We’ve got a video of in action below along side the other products we mentioned above.
If you want a sense of what the event today was like, here is a sweet equal opportunity booth bade photo! I don’t mind if the girls are bikini clad as long as there are also a couple of fellas!