Chinese Technology Shows Off at CITE – Flexible OLED Displays, AI. Computer Vision Featured
April 29, 2019
Flexible displays, artificial intelligence and 5G took main stage at the China Information Technology Expo (CITE), the Chinese version of the Consumer Electronics Show held last week on the home turf of Huawei and ZTE in Shenzhen, China. Among the 1,600 participating companies, exhibitions from fast-growing Chinese start-ups clearly showed the country’s focus in the digital era. Facial recognition using artificial intelligence and computer vision technology is one area where Chinese companies have been showing rapid progress in recent years.
Sales director Morgan Guo of Chinese computer vision start-up Reconova told the Korea JoongAng Daily at CITE that its facial recognition technology is currently deployed in more than 30 percent of Chinese airports including Shenzhen International Airport and Guangzhou Airport. The Xiamen-based start-up was founded in 2012 and has been rapidly expanding its business with major partners being Alibaba, Huawei, Xiaomi and China Mobile. Last year, it attracted investment from Intel’s investment arm Intel Capital, though the amount of money injected hasn’t been disclosed. Reconova’s technology is mainly used in airports to tell whether the ID card of the person who bought the ticket matches the person who is getting onboard the plane, according to Guo. “If you find someone identified as [a person who should not be on the plane], the system will call the police,” Guo said.
Another spotlighted area at the expo was flexible displays. A flexible form factor for mobile phones has attracted worldwide interest from tech-savvy consumers since early this year because it is arguably the first major transformation to hit the smartphone market in years. Phone designs have been largely the same since the introduction of the iPhone, with just a few small changes made by adding more cameras or widening displays by reducing bezels. Chinese start-up Royole brought its FlexPai foldable phone to the Chinese expo to boasting that it beat Samsung Electronics and Huawei in the foldable phone race. The company declined to reveal its sales volume, but Royole’s brand director Florent Meng responded to criticism of the FlexPai’s low battery capacity and thick design, by saying the company will “gradually make this device more advanced.” Apart from Royole, Chinese display companies BOE and CSOT showed flexible displays during the expo. While BOE purportedly the supplier of foldable panels for Huawei’s upcoming Mate X foldable smartphone, the company declined to comment on the development of its displays for that particular phone, leading to the conclusion that they are having difficulties delivering. Huawei’s Mate X phone was conspicuously absent from the expo. A host of other electronics and tech companies took part in the three-day CITE event, hosted by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, including TCL, Haier, Skyworth and Hisense. Among the smaller firms were AI translator developer Babel Technology and VR games and public security system maker Tsinghua Tongfang.