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The best of the Computex Design and Innovation awards 2016

Taiwan's Computex trade show every year honours the best in consumer technology innovation and design. Here are our favourites from the winning designs.

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Michelle Starr
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1 of 28 Flux Technology Inc

Flux Delta

In the rather broad category of Wearable Technology and Smart Applications/Products, the Flux Delta 3D printer took the gold prize. It combines 3D scanning, 3D printing, laser engraving and drawing in one machine.

See all of CNET's coverage of Computex 2016 here.

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2 of 28 TPV Technology Group

U Surfing

TPV Technology's U Surfing curved display was awarded gold in the Displays and Audio/Video category. The base of the monitor integrates a wireless charging station for a smartphone, and a speaker that integrates bass and treble.


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3 of 28 TPV Technology Group

Gama

The Gama twin display point-of-sale system took gold in the Computer Systems category. "With integrated functions, such as inventory management, interactive advertisement, scanner, payment and receipt printer, Gama brings convenience, efficiency and power to shop owners and shoppers alike," maker TPV Technology wrote.

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4 of 28 HTC

HTC Desire 530

HTC's Desire 530 was the cream of the crop for Network and Communication Products this year. Each phone is unique: "Inspired by sportswear and street art, a micro-splash effect on the plastic shell gives each phone a unique pattern as it goes through production, treating the phone as a canvas."


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5 of 28 HTC

HTC Vive

HTC also took gold in the Gaming Hardware category with its Vive VR headset. CNET's Scott Stein wrote of the headset in his review, "Vive is the best virtual-reality experience you can have right now, thanks to its motion controls and room-scale tracking. It's the closest thing to having a holodeck in your home."

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6 of 28 theWISO

SafSmart Whistle

For the first time, Computex had a Rising Star category, and its inaugural winner is the SafSmart Whistle by the WISO. This Bluetooth-enabled safety whistle not only makes a loud noise, it also automatically calls, texts and emails your trusted contacts with location data every few minutes once activated by blowing into it or pressing its button.

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7 of 28 Asus

Asus ZenWatch 2

Winner, Wearable technology and Smart Applications/Products.

You can read CNET's take here.

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8 of 28 Blocks Wearables

Blocks Modular Smartwatch

Winner, Wearable technology and Smart Applications/Products.

You can read CNET's take here.

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9 of 28 Air Mentor

Air Mentor Smart Alcohol Tester

Winner, Wearable technology and Smart Applications/Products.

The Air Mentor Smart Alcohol Tester is a wearable device that can detect your blood alcohol level when you breathe into it.

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10 of 28 Amaryllo

Atom AR2 iCamPRO

Winner, Smart Home and Security.

The Atom AR2 iCamPro can be installed into an Edison light bulb socket, and has 360-degree auto-tracking and face detection. You can read more about this home security camera here.

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11 of 28 Beseye

Beseye Pro S

Winner, Smart Home and Security.

Neodymium magnets in the base of the Beseye Pro S allow the camera to face any direction you place it in. You can read more about it here.

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12 of 28 Asus

Asus ROG Claymore

Winner, Gaming Hardware.

The ROG Claymore mechanical keyboard has customisable RGB lighting and a number pad that can be attached to the left or right.

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13 of 28 Asus

Asus ROG GT51

Winner, Gaming Hardware.

The ROG GT51 is a beast of a gaming PC, and comes with an NFC wristband that can be used as a personal security key.

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14 of 28 Aorus

Aorus X7 DT

Winner, Gaming Hardware.

The Aorus X7 DT extreme gaming laptop isn't just fitted with some serious high-end gaming specs, it's specifically designed to work with the growing field of VR.

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15 of 28 MSI

MSI Vortex

Winner, Gaming Hardware.

The MSI Vortex gaming PC packs a lot of punch into a compact, quiet frame.

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16 of 28 Thermaltake

Ventus Z Gaming Mouse

Winner, Gaming Hardware.

Coated with a special finish and well ventilated with a perforated back, the Ventus Z Gaming Mouse is designed to keep hands cool in the heat of battle.

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17 of 28 Asus

Asus ZenFone 3

Winner, Network and Communication Products.

When CNET's Aloysius Low saw the ZenFone 3 at Computex 2016, he said, "If you're due for a smartphone upgrade, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a device to keep your eyes on."

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18 of 28 Asus

Asus USB-AC68 Wi-Fi Adapter

Winner, Network and Communication Products.

The USB-AC68 is designed to upgrade your laptop to dual-band AC1900 Wi-Fi, so if you have an older laptop it can still make use of a modern router.

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19 of 28 Polycom

Polycom RealPresence Trio

Winner, Network and Communication Products.

The Polycom RealPresence Trio conference room speaker integrates a touchscreen display, built-in speakers, 360-degree microphone coverage and Android software.

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20 of 28 Acer

Acer Revo Build

Winner, Computers and Systems.

The modular Revo Build stacking PC allows you to add and remove parts to customise your machine.

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21 of 28 MSI

MSI Cubi 2 Plus

Winner, Computers and Systems.

With its mini-STX motherboard, the MSI Cubi 2 Plus is one of the smallest and most powerful mini desktop PCs.

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22 of 28 Adam Elements

Roma

Winner, Data Storage Products.

The Roma USB 3.1 flash drive is equipped with both Type-C and Type-A connectors for maximum functionality, and comes in 64GB and 128GB versions.

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23 of 28 PQI

PQI iConnect Mini

Winner, Data Storage Products.

Apple products are not traditionally compatible with expandable memory, but the PQI iConnect Mini uses a Lightning connector to add up to 128GB of external storage.

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24 of 28 Acer

Acer Predator Z850 Gaming Projector

Winner, Displays and Audio/Video.

Acer's Predator Z850 calls itself the world's first UltraWide HD gaming projector, and can throw a 120-inch image at a resolution of 1,920x720 pixels.

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25 of 28 Acer

Acer XR342CK

Winner, Displays and Audio/Video.

Acer's 34-inch curved XR342CK screen offers a resolution of 3,440x1,400 pixels.

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26 of 28 Bitplay

Snap Pro iPhone Camera Case

Winner, Peripherals and Accessories.

The Snap Pro iPhone case is the perfect toy for photography enthusiasts, offering a physical shutter button, interchangeable grips, a tripod hole and a variety of lenses.

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27 of 28 HTC

Re Diplo

Winner, Peripherals and Accessories.

This charging stand and "tripod" that turns HTC's Re camera into a dinosaur is as adorable as all heck. Sadly, it seems Diplo is only available in Japan.

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28 of 28 Just Mobile

TimeStand

Winner, Peripherals and Accessories.

The handsome, brushed aluminium TimeStand acts simultaneously as a display stand and charging dock for your Apple Watch.

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