ADDING VALUE THROUGH CREATIVITY
_I would use cooking as a metaphor for the paradigm shift in Taiwan’s tech industry. In the past, local manufacturers were all about making the ingredients regardless of flavor or appeal. But today, things have changed. Now we are moving toward designing the complete menu and choosing the right recipes,î said Dr. Chen of Skywatch.
Adding value through creativity is an area where Taiwan excels, he said, emphasizing that such value can only shine through when the product treats the overall user experience as the top priority.
Founded in 2011, Skywatch Innovation is a solution provider of surveillance products and services that include fully integrated, plug-and-play network cameras as well as cloud-based intelligent recording solutions.
According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating _intelligenceî to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.
As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time – new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, – the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.
_Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,î Dr. Yeh said.
On the other hand, there are those who see otherwise. Wu of StarVedia said the MIT moniker itself symbolizes true value when compared to other cheaper alternatives from neighboring competitors.
_Taiwan-made products are intricately designed inside out, whether its from the materials used to packaging design,î he said, adding that he has seen similar products from neighboring competitors whose products are ruggedly put together both in and out.
However, Wu said he has witnessed a sudden change of consumer behavior amongst the Europeans in recent years, adding that due to the stagnant economy they are opting for cheaper alternatives from China.
_The Europeans drive a hard bargain, even more than the Americans. The Japanese consumers, on the other hand, are more adamant about quality.î
For some, user experience is a new catchphrase. Slowly but surely smart home makers in Taiwan are grasping the concept of user experience. Thanks to years of export experience and regular interaction with their customers, they have come to understand that user experience is all the aspects of how people use an interactive product: the way it feels in their hands, how well they understand how it works, how they feel about it while theyre using it, and how well it fits into the entire context in which they are using it.
_User experience is all about easy installation, easy to set up and use,î JSWs Nicolas said. _Our entire product lineup adopts this concept. For instance, our gateways/sensors do not feature any fancy LEDs or gimmicks, and apply simple lead batteries so as to facilitate end-users application.î
_GKB is launching a smart home solution on a camera (SoC) called Aetherlink to its global market. Aetherlink is the result of the integration of reliable software, customized sensors, and app that allows you to have a sense of complete control,î said Anna Hsiung of GKB Security.
_It combines security system and home automation for home users to easily install and operate without any technical knowledge, thus providing a rich user experience.î
ThroughTek, a provider of innovative M2M solutions, has taken another step forward in home automation, unveiling its new cloud platform enabling digital devices to automatically communicate with each other.
_Our new cloud platform has plug-and-play functionality to ease product setup considerably, and further offers flexible multi-functional service to fulfill home automation requirements and surveillance needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs),î Sales Director of ThroughTek Caroline Chan.
According to Philio Technology CEO James Huang, simplicity is very important in smart home. To date, most of smart home products are still complicated to general users in the mass market. _We are in the very early days of smart home. Perhaps only gadget lovers enjoy and understand smart home products. As an original maker, we have to simplify the user experience of smart home product as much as possible.î
Philio designs and manufactures Z-Wave based smart home solutions, ranging from PIR sensors, controller, gateway to software & app design. By far, Philios products are utilized in DIY kits and professional system integration projects.