Future Tech has schemed out six themed areas and two special feature areas this year, with more than 350 technologies focused on health, space technology, AIOT and smart applications, and electronics and optoelectronics.
How to strengthen and assist the industry-university-institute communities of Taiwan in developing advantages and capacities during the post-pandemic era? The 2021 Taiwan Innotech Expo (TIE)—co-organized and supported jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Academia Sinica, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health and Welfare, Future Tech is going to hold both physical and online exhibitions at the same time. The physical exhibition was held in Area D of Exhibition Hall 1 at Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) from October 14 to 16. The online exhibition, which breaks time and space, takes place from October 14 to 23. All the visitors need to do is to visit the website of online exhibition and log in to register as a member before they can wander about unhurriedly in the Future Tech at any time to learn more about the achievements of the exhibition teams.
Based on the idea of “Innovation of Taiwan and Keep in Step with the Future” the Future Tech has schemed out 6 themed areas and 2 special feature areas this year, with more than 350 foresight technologies which focus on precision health, space technology, AIOT and smart applications, electronics and optoelectronics, advanced materials & green energy, and interdisciplinary integration area being exhibited to display the achievements of Taiwan’s industry-university-institute cooperation in promoting the six core strategic industries.
It is worth noting that among the technologies that have won the “Future Tech Awards” this time, there are many eye-opening projects worth expecting. For example, among the 34 innovative technologies showcased in the Electronics & Optoelectronics theme area, the “Vehicular Strapdown Inertial Navigation System” where the laser gyroscope (PIG) introduced into the inertial orientation of the car body is created by the team led by Professor Chen Chi-Chang of the Department of Optics Photonics at National Central University. It took 10 years for the research team to develop the item, and the measured error of the system without GNSS signal in the tunnel can rival that of the commercially available module sold at $10,000 on the international market. In addition to its competitive pricing, the Vehicular Strapdown Inertial Navigation System also breaks the current obstacles of extremely low accuracy of MEMS gyroscopes and the high level of traditional fiber-optic gyroscopes with high unit price.
The technology of “Augmented Reality Light Field Display Optical Machine”, introduced by the team led by Chen Hung-Ming, a distinguished professor of Department of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University and expected to be presented at the exhibition, emphasizes that the light should be emitted from a point in a three-dimensional space, with not only the intensity but also the direction. Therefore, through such light field display technology, the images displayed by the AR device can provide in-depth information and thereby solve the most criticized problems of AR glasses on the market, including dizziness and the inability to integrate the virtuality with the reality.
Augmented Reality Light Field Display Optical Machine
The team led by Hung Jui-Hung, the Associate Professor of Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, is going to present “A Fully Integrated Genetic Variant Discovery SoC for Next-Generation Sequencing” that can be used for high-speed disease detection, biomedical diagnosis, bioinformatics analysis, species detection, etc. The system on a chip can significantly accelerate the analysis and calculation of gene sequencing data and shorten the calculation time that takes more than several days to less than forty minutes. The platform has been developed to be fully portable and easy to carry to various medical institutions and research sites for all physicians to make the most immediate diagnosis and response.
A fully integrated genetic variant discovery SoC for next-generation sequencing.
From the above three technical examples that are going to be exhibited, it is expected that the optoelectronic industry of Taiwan can obtain the opportunity to cultivate unicorns, detect as soon as possible the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has caused the Coronavirus disease, solve the problem of labor shortage, and assist Taiwan in fighting against the pandemic outbreak more efficiently. Naturally, the rich foresight technologies in various fields displayed at Future Tech this year are expected to guide Taiwan to build solid technical barriers in the post-pandemic era of technology and information war.
On the other hand, apart from Taiwan’s own R&D foresight technologies of all kinds at present, the global area is going to showcase a total of 34 innovative application technologies, enriching and presenting the technological trends and industry pulses in the next 3 to 10 years, from 12 countries around the world to step in line with the latest foreign technology and encourage and consolidate international exchanges. In addition, the list of winners of the “Future Tech Awards”, which attracts enthusiastic participation of all walks of life across the country, has also been announced.
Furthermore, to allow participants to have a better understanding of global trends, Future Tech not only plans and prepares physical and online exhibitions with rich content but also maps out a series of online global trend forums and topic discussions where domestic and overseas industry, government, academia, and research experts are invited. The topics of the conference include “digital transformation”, “precision health” and “space technology”; the online exhibition incorporates a professional business system which combines diverse activities such as technology promotion and matchmaking to help participants expand new visions.
Exhibition highlights of Future Tech
Physical exhibition: From October 14–16, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Area D of Exhibition Hall 1 at Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC)
Online exhibition: From October 14–23
Official website: https://tievirtual.twtm.com.tw/
Trend Forum/Topic Discussion Registration Website:
Future Tech Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futuretech.org.tw/