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Future of mobile communications on show at Computex in Taipei

Future of mobile communications on show at Computex in Taipei

The annual Computex show was held in Taipei City, Taiwan from the 4th to 7th of June and regarded as the biggest indicator of the latest developments in information and communication technology for the coming year.

The overall presentation was based around laptop computers and tablets which will be around half the size and twice as fast and as powerful as those currently on the market, thanks to the arrival of more power-efficient chips, backed up by the tremendous improvements in wireless connectivity taking place in the world.

Particularly eye-catching at Computex was Intel’s Llama Mountain tablet, which the company took great pains to explain was a prototype and reference design, although at just 7.2-mm thick, giving a look into the future of the next generation of hybrid PCs.

Commercial manufacturers of laptops and tablets are expected to begin releasing models that are both thinner and ligher than the latest version of the iPad, to which they will be able to attach an ultralight keyboard that will instantly convert tablets into laptops more compact than the industry standard MacBook Air.

Taiwan-based Asus debuted their Transformer T300 Chi dual-function device at Computex. The Transformer T300 Chi succeeded in surpassing Intel’s llama Mountain tablet prototype, displaying their prototype which was just 6.8 millimeters thick, also powered by Intel’s most recently released Core M processor, destined to replace the Atom processors known to provide a happy medium between excellent performance and reasonable battery life.

Another development that Intel were happy to explain to visitors at Computex, and will be especially beneficial to the business traveller, is technologies that allow laptops and tablets to be recharged wirelessly. To advance the technology, Intel have recently joined the A4WP group, an organisation formed to promote magnetic-resonance wireless charging of laptops and tablets through placing them on charging stations. A number of the world’s leading manufacturers of laptop computers including Dell, Lenovo and Fujitsu have also joined the alliance, a sure indication that wireless charging for laptops is not too far off in the future.

Also standing out from the crowd, were the growing number of examples of interactively or portable computers, made possible through gesture and recognition as well as Kinect-like interaction. Particularly drawing the crowds at Computex was a demonstration put on by Sunnyvale, California based Advanced Micro Devices demonstration, displaying the possibilities of the “Angry Birds” and “Candy Crush” games played using hand gestures with a desktop, which was apparently operated by way of a webcam that captured the hand movement and instantaneously processed it through an algorithm, so that hand gestures could be reflected in the games.

Not to be outdone, Intel has already announced that they have developed in the technology even further through their Perceptual Computing concept, which allows several forms of sensory input and will allow easier communication between humans and their computer.

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