Taking my first ever ride on a self-driving EV bus was by far the biggest highlight of my trip to China. Doubly so because we provided the brains of the vehicle in the form of a VIA Mobile360 system that our engineers customized to meet the specific needs of our partner, Enchi Auto.
Here’s a photo of the latest VPai Home models that we displayed at the Hong Kong Consumer Electronics Fair last week. In addition to the VPai Home Smart Security IP Camera that we announced at CES in January, they included our new smart doorbell and panoramic IP camera. Ten of our partners demonstrated the devices at their booths, attracting an enthusiastic response from visitors to the show.
An interesting couple of days at the VIA office in Fremont, California, reviewing the new systems based on the VIA Mobile360 SVS and VIA Smart Recognition platforms that we are developing for markets in the US and Latin America.
A busy second day at Embedded World 2018. I haven’t seen any visitor numbers, but show attendance appears to be very good this year, even though the event is taking place at the same time as the much more glitzy and glamorous Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I take this as a healthy sign of the growing momentum in the industrial and enterprise IoT sectors.
A lively start to Embedded World 2018!
I blame the oracle for its failure to warn me at Paris CDG that my luggage wouldn’t be accompanying me to Nuremberg. Obviously, it had nothing to do with the gross incompetence, I mean effortless efficiency, of the airport. I still can’t quite decide whether it’s the worst airport I’ve ever had the misfortune of visiting – an accolade that I’ve reserved for Manila for many years.
One of the biggest new trends we are seeing this year is the growing demand for edge computing systems. The main reason for this is that it is much faster and cheaper to process and analyze data captured by sensors locally on the system rather than send it to the corporate network or cloud over expensive and often low-bandwidth wireless connections.
Shanghai. Check. Beijing. Check. Shenzhen. Check. Taipei. Check. Not to mention a few earthquakes thrown into the mix. Now that the Chinese New Year party season is finally over, I’m looking forward to the actual holiday!
Even though in HR-terms I’m on vacation, I’ve been spending a lot of my time in Moulton preparing all the marketing collateral for Embedded World 2018. There’s nothing like a long rural walk to clear the mind and get the creative juices flowing.
CES Asia was a lot of fun last week. Judging by the dizzying array of robots, autos, drones, and smart home devices on display, the China IoT market is in a robust and healthy state. The days when the country’s tech industry was a follower are well and truly over. Now its startups, manufacturers, and Internet giants are starting to set the pace for innovation and are set to make massive inroads in global markets. Continue reading CES Asia 2017