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Computex 2005 – main tendencies, first sight of the exhibition
Unlike European exhibitions CompuTex taking place in Taipei is practically oriented at the most, besides world biggest companies even small manufacturers from Asian region are represented here. Their presence makes the exhibition interesting as a market indicator, and visually demonstrates which technology or type of device will be widely spread. The mainstream of the exhibition is formed by computers and devices associated to them, mobile connection is represented less, though new interesting devices are here to see.
Musical players represented in all possible colour schemes, shapes, bodies are the main leitmotif of this year exhibition. Well, it seems only a too lazy man doesn't produce players. Companies integrate unusual functions trying to draw customers' attention with something new. For instance, products by BenQ and Transcend offer a possibility to repeat a fragment, which is useful for ones learning foreign languages.
Memory cards are also much manufactured. Standard capacity of CompactFlash ranges from 1 to 4 GB. Soon, we may expect the launch of RS-MMC DV cards, which were very popular at the exhibition.
Like some other manufacturers Nokia is getting on MicroSD cards also known as TransFlash. There were few of them at the exhibition, and the max capacity forms 512 MB (while the announced capacity is 1 GB).
The next break or a logical step in mobile phone world is using hard drives. The straggle between the companies started in several directions at once. First, everyone tries to minimize the size of the drives, which is wise. Second, consumed energy is being decreased. Secondary, but also important questions are shock resistance and making the most possible interfaces, including MMC.
Devices and particularly phones supporting Wi-Fi and VoIP started to appear with the development of these technologies. Their characteristics are similar, that is a 262K screen (1.8"), 802.11 b/g, USB-slot. There are not many differences a customary user will notice; the phones look like mobile phones of the previous season.
The support for stereo-bluetooth hasn't widely spread yet and such headsets are being already sold by some manufacturers. That seems like the first attempt at writing.
Headsets combined with mp3 players were widely represented. The stereo sound question is solved simply, the device itself is a usual mp3 player with flesh memory, and a Bluetooth headset is an additional function (the sound is mono in the majority of products). That is an intermediate solution interesting to some users in some way.
USB connected remote controllers for PC looked interesting. That is one more demo of the fact the computer turns into a multimedia centre, where several applications may be controlled via one remote controller.
Some participants have already prepared for the next Nokia smartphones supporting N-Gage games. Such joysticks may be connected to the smartphone turning it into a game console. The joystick costs about 20 Euros.
The next year will signify devices combining audio, video player, storage device and an integrated screen for viewing through all this data.
Published 9 June 2005
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