Computex 2014 Gives Glimpse At What’s Coming In Tech

June 5, 2014 by Dave Haynes


A quick hop on Eva Air and I went from Hong Kong to Taipei today, and pretty much straight over to the huge Computex show that covers at least  couple of big facilities in Taiwan’s muggy and (today) wet capital city.

Never been. Didn’t know much about it. But I can say it is very big in scale and numbers. Walk the floor and you see everyone from companies focused on USB memory sticks to companies that build custom PC and server enclosures.

This is not a digital signage show, but a much broader nerdgasm that has the latest, fastest, smallest, cheapest stuff coming out of Taiwan and mainland China.

I’m here to speak at the Taiwan-based Digital Signage Multimedia Association conference Friday, as is Paul Flanigan of the Digital Screenmedia Association. We pounded the floor for about three hours Thursday before concluding we were hungry and, umm, thirsty. I’ll be back for a full day’s walkabout on Saturday and have some meetings scheduled, including E-Ink.

Impressions from a first walk-through:



Other impressions:


There are many, many reasons why digital signage people should be paying much more attention to what’s happening in this region. Broadband is so fast here, and just works. I am writing this using the wifi router/access point designated to my room – not the hotel – but my room. It just lit up and worked. Smartphone penetration seems to be near total, and I saw people in Hong Kong, deep in a subway tunnel, in a subway car, watching streaming video on their phones. North America sometimes feels like the third world with some of this stuff.

Walk by some of little booths on the show floor and you’ll see things that have nothing to do with digital signage, but just make you shake your head.  We saw a flash memory card reader that doubled as a wifi access point and router, for example.

What we didn’t see is good content on screens. The companies playing in this space over here have it ALL going on the tech side, but they’re still getting up the curve on what should be on screens, and why.

More to report from here over the next couple of days.

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