The Taiwan Excellence stand at IFA is a supernova of future-focused ingenuity

The island nation of Taiwan, long punching above its weight in the field of consumer electronics innovation, is now using AI to bring existing technologies into the future.

A revolutionary idea just a few years back, AI is now transforming our everyday life and the way we interact with technology, Prof. Dr. JhyWey Shieh, Representative of Taiwan, Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany said, at the Taiwan Excellence IFA press conference. ‘’Taiwan has always been at the forefront of innovative developments in the tech world, and this hasn’t changed with AI,” he said, adding that innovation is in the Taiwan DNA as a means to “break our isolation and get in touch with the world outside”.

Taiwan’s plans to become the Silicon Valley of Asia is quickly being realised, the country attracting global attention as an AI innovation hub as Google, Microsoft and Nvidia set up AI research centers there. ‘’This year, 23 Taiwanese companies are once again showcasing fascinating new products that will excite anyone with an interest in the newest AI developments and technologies,” Shieh said.

AI is central to the development of a new generation of smart service robots. While industrial robots help improve productivity in factories, service robots interact with humans more directly, which means AI is helping them recognise and reflect human inputs such as speech or gestures. Taiwan’s New Era AI Robotic introduced its latest service robot, equipped with autonomous indoor navigation, voice interaction and facial recognition. Designed for guiding clients, real-time customer service and mobile broadcasting, the robot is suited to provide service in hospitals, hotels, banks, retail stores, airports and more.

RelaJet, a Taiwanese startup founded in 2018, shows that AI can also help people to communicate better. Its R1898 hearing aid comprises a powerful, AI-driven speech and sound recognition engine that importantly isolates the voice of the person to whom the wearer is speaking in crowded situations. It can distinguish between different voices within only 10 milliseconds and is able to divide and enhance them.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s HiMirror Mini Premium is a “fem tech” smart beauty mirror with intuitive touch- screen navigation. In addition to tailored skincare advice and personalised product recommendations based on skin analysis data, HiMirror is Amazon Alexa-enabled, meaning it can also be asked to check the weather, play music or report the daily news.

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