With Asia quickly becoming the largest market for high-tech products, vendors flocked to this year’s Computex Taipei, in Taiwan, Asia’s largest computer show. Besides the usual fare—products with better hardware, higher speeds, and industrial-grade durability—there were a few interesting entrants aimed at customers who want better connectivity and more control over the technology they already have.
Asus’s ME173 MeMO is a 7-inch-screen tablet that is built for mobile calling and computing. But it also comes with a small handset called a MeMic, which is a basic Bluetooth receiver for the tablet. A user could stow the tablet in a briefcase and put the MeMic in a pocket, where it’s just right for receiving calls, reading text messages, and playing music. The handset has a simple design with a transparent screen and side lighting instead of the usual backlit LCD. A sales representative said the company chose not to backlight the screen in order to save battery power. The bare-bones MeMic might be just the thing for those tired of carrying heavy phones and tablet computers—and subscribing to two data plans to cover both. Asus plans to release the MeMO in October.