The best of Computex design and innovation (pictures)
Every year, Computex honours the best in consumer technology innovation and design with its D&I Awards.
Gold: Philips Two-in-One Design monitor
If you're the kind of person who needs two monitors, the Philips
Two-in-One offers a dual display in a single chassis, reducing desk clutter
and allowing you to work across two screens, or combine them both into one.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy cover that has a window so you
can still see the display, the HTC Dot View takes the concept a bit further. It
has a polycarbonate back that fits the curved shape of the phone, and a silicon
flip cover on the front with a grid of tiny holes. These allow the phone to
display basic information, such as notifications and weather alerts, while the
case is closed.
Designed in collaboration between gaming peripheral manufacturer
Thermaltake and BMW Designworks, the Level 10 M Hybrid is the newest member of
the Level 10 M family. It can function as both a wired and wireless mouse via
USB connection. It also packs all the features of the Level 10 M mouse, including
3D steering axis, ventilation system and customisable software in a new
These look like pretty standard wireless speakers, but it's
what's in the guts that counts. It packs KEF's unique Uni-Q drivers, four
dedicated amplifiers (two per speaker), two discrete high-quality DACs and a
high resolution 96kHz/24-bit distortion-free digital USB connection in wired
mode. It can also stream audio wirelessly via Airplay or DLNA from your computer,
smartphone or other mobile device.
There are many in-car mounts for your smartphone; Cylinder
brings sleekness, style and useability. You can dock your phone using just one
hand, and orient the phone in whatever position suits you best, thanks to its swivelling
back. It also fits most 3.5-5-inch handheld devices in its anodised aluminium
frame, and fixes to your dash with a reusable suction cup.
This UHD TV designed by Taiwan's Top Victory Electronics has
thrown out the bezel entirely, making for a slim, streamlined and clean display
that can be mounted on a wall or placed in a base. A subwoofer is set in the
back for strong sound, and cables are discreetly tucked away in the back.
Chinese manufacture 1more has designed these earphones
around what it calls a "large databank of fingerprint parameters" to
make it easy to put in your ears, minimising fingerprints. It has 3.5mm
gold-plated jacks to prevent surface oxidation; KEVLAR wire for
anti-persipration, anti-static and anti-tangle cables; diamond-machined unibody
piston-like chambers; and an FDA-grade silicone earphone holder.
The HTC One M8 was a real return to form for HTC, with a stylish brushed aluminium
unibody, a brilliant 5-inch HD screen, Android KitKat, and the latest HTC Sense
6, with boosted audio and spectacular depth-sensing camera.
The Asus ZenFone 6 is a real
colossus of a smartphone, boasting a 6-inch 1,280x720-pixel display in a
soft-touch. Inside, it runs on a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor and a 3,230mAh
battery, and it boasts a 13-megapizel camera on the back.
The EW-7288APC calls itself the world's first dedicated 5GHz
Wi-Fi access point, with an upgrade to dual-band Wi-Fi for the 5GHz
smartphones, laptops and tablets. Its unusual form factor is designed to save
space while providing wider Wi-Fi coverage. It also boasts low power
consumption, meaning it can be powered by a router or a laptop USB.
This dual-layered fan -- another world first, manufacturer
Aerocool claims -- kills noise through its combination of plastic and rubber
fan blades, which means losing that irritating hum. The rubber blade has also
taken a design cue from golf balls, featuring a dimpled surface that minimises
resistance. Each corner of the mounting frame is also fitted with rubber pads,
to minimise the noise caused by vibration.
The latest of Asus' Intel 9 series motherboards, the Z97-Deluxe, has five-way
optimisation and 5th-generation Dual Intelligent Processors. The board's CPU
frequency can be adjusted with a single click to set the system to either
overclocking or energy-saving mode, while the Turbo App provides fast internet
connection and the best audio environment possible.
Acer's sleek all-in-one PC touts itself as the best
Skype-certified all-in-one. It has a 23-inch fingerprint-resistant IPS
touchscreen in full HD, and its speakers are tucked neatly behind a metal mesh
cover. The computer is super-slim at just 35mm thick, and it can be adjusted to
any angle between 10 and 90 degrees on its angle-cut aluminium alloy stand.
The latest flagship ultrabooks from Asus -- the Zenbook UX301 and 302 --
are beasts behind an elegant, Gorilla Glass-covered case. They boast a 13.3-inch
display with up to a 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD resolution, 10-point multi-touch, and its
Intel Core i5 processor can be upgraded to a top-end Intel Core i7 chip.
This sneaky little ninja is a lot more than an adorable
little desk buddy. Inside his body, he rocks both a USB 3.0 and a micro USB, so
that you can connect and transfer files easily between devices. His body is all
in one piece, which means there are no caps to lose, and even his hands are
useful: his right holds a 3.5mm cap for your mobile devices, and the left has a
small magnet inside, so you can stick him to things.
This large-capacity SSD supports iOS, using iAP2
communication protocol Lightning for high-speed data transfer for iOS devices.
It can support Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and tablet and mobile devices via a
A dual-purpose device, this single-form gadget is both a
wireless charger -- where you place your smartphone on top of it to charge via
induction. It also has an NFC side, which can be programmed with whatever you
need. Tapping your phone to log in to your PC and launch your favourite
applications, for example, or back up your photos.
We haven't seen an iPad case quite like this one. On the
back, it has a hollow chamber that stretches from one end to the other, jutting
out either side. This is actually a sort of analog amplifier. It uses what designer
Chen-source calls "tube technology" to channel the sound to either
side of the device for a stereo effect, amplifying sound up to 16dB.
is Qualcomm's entry into the burgeoning smartwatch market, but it's offering
something no one else has. Remember Mirasol? A few years back, we all thought
it was going to revolutionise E Ink e-readers, but Qualcomm has employed its colour
display technology here instead -- so it falls somewhere between the Pebble and
everything else. Rather than acting as a standalone device, it serves as a
second screen for your Android smartphone, delivering messages, updates and
notifications to where you can always see them.
BMW Designworks has been really going at the gaming
hardware. The M8 gaming PC is a bare-bones machine designed for customisation, so what it
has going on inside is minimal (you can see the full list of specs here),
but it looks super-stylish, with a windowed case designed to show off your
build in all its glory.
Asus has really been on a roll this year, and its mechanical
gaming keyboard is no exception. It has an eye-catching backlight, and its
mechanical switches are guaranteed to provide 50 million keystrokes.