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Asustek mulling wearable devices: chairman

2013/06/17 15:50:05

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. is considering developing wearable computer devices, such as Google Inc.'s Glass and the rumored iWatch from Apple Inc., to capitalize on the growing opportunity of hybrid gadgets.

Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih said Monday that his company's research laboratory has held recent meetings to review the development of wearable devices, which is a "critical sector" in terms of innovation.

"The point is how to win the leading position when such devices become the mainstream products," he said, when answering reporters' questions on the wearable device trend at Asustek's annual meeting with shareholders.

"I think it's certainly a promising sector, as we are talking about a cross-field war. We will likely see more bio-technology integrated with computer technology in the future," Shih added.

Taking the Google Glass and the iWatch as examples, Shih said these two types of devices still have many possibilities as they evolve, such as combining technologies of a flexible display or a voice-control user interface.

"We should consider how to add more value for consumers, and we have been running many simulation tests in our labs," the chairman said.

In April 2012, Google announced a trial project for its Glass device, a cross between a mobile computer and eyeglasses that can record video, access emails and messages, as well as surf the Internet.

The eyeglass-shaped device is equipped with a camera capable of taking 5-megapixel pictures or recording 720p videos, as well as a 12-gigabyte usable memory and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Google.

Some market analysts have anticipated that Apple will launch a new smart watch, called "iWatch", later this year as its next breakthrough product to intensify its battle with Google in the emerging wearable device sector.

(By Jeffrey Wu)