Computex 2008 has become perhaps the world's most important IT trade show. With the Taipei exhibition now drawing to a close, we've taken a look back over the past five days to highlight the most interesting products on show this year.

Our team of reporters has prowled the halls to find the more exciting and unusual products, some of which you'll crave and some that make you wonder why they bothered.

Bone USB stick

Okay, bit silly. But what is it about cute animals in Asia. These USB memory sticks from Bone are available as pandas or penguins and hold between 1GB and 4GB of data. The 4GB version retails for about $20 (£10).

SSDs

These are solid-state drives and they're all over the place at Computex. Instead of a disk inside like most drives today, these are packed with flash memory chips. Advantages: they dish up data fast and you can drop them (allegedly) without them breaking. Disadvantages: The prices, but they're coming down.

NEXT PAGE: The Dialogue Flybook

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall

Computex, which took place this week, is Asia's largest information technology trade show. We prowled the hundred of exhibits to find some of the best innovations on display.

Dialogue Flybook

Dialogue Technology is back with an update to its Flybook, which lets you watch a DVD on a plane when the person in front of you drops their seat back. This latest version has a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Centrino WiFi chipset and up to 4GB of main memory. It can play video for five hours with an extended battery and retails for about $2,400 (£1,200).

Ares CG6150

Believe it or not this beast won a design award. It's fashioned after a suit of armour and its maker, Asus, says it "exudes gamer chic". It has enough high-end components to make a serious gamers squeal, including four Intel Core 2 Extreme CPUs, four Nvidia graphics chips, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 4TB of storage, and enough liquid cooling gear (hopefully) to stop it from self-combusting. It's called the Ares CG6150.

Computex show girls

This wouldn't fly at UK trade shows but in Asia the show floors are often packed with scantily clad girls to help draw in the mostly male buyers. Many are very nice and very smart, we met one who's studying for her MBA. And please, call them showgirls; they really aren't very partial to 'booth babes'.

NEXT PAGE: A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall

Computex, which took place this week, is Asia's largest information technology trade show. We prowled the hundred of exhibits to find some of the best innovations on display.

Taipei model

This model of Taipei was presented to Taiwan's new president, Ying-jeou Ma, at the opening ceremony. Fittingly for the world's contract chip making capital, it's made from chips and circuit boards.

Vinpower disc copier

For the budding software pirate, er.. publisher. These SharkCopiers from Vinpower Digital copy up to 14 CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray Discs at a time and you can daisy-chain them for synchronised mass copying. Flip the disk and a built-in laser will etch a label on the other side. They write to disc at between 8x and 48x depending on the media type. Retail price is around $1,500 (£750).

Gigabyte Roll Pad

In ancient China (so the marketing says) artists wrapped their paint brushes in bamboo mats to protect them. That's the design inspiration for Gigabyte's aluminium Roll Pad, which you put under a laptop to increase airflow and keep it cool. The rubber rims keep it from scratching your desk. The product won a Taiwan Excellence award for design.

NEXT PAGE: The Chi Mei ultra-slim display

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall

Computex, which took place this week, is Asia's largest information technology trade show. We prowled the hundred of exhibits to find some of the best innovations on display.

Chi Mei ultra-slim display

This is the ultra-slim 13.3in WXGA laptop display from Chi Mei Optoelectronics, which makes the display for the Apple's MacBook Air. With a glass front polished to 0.3mm and a 0.8mm back-lit LCD panel, it weighs in at a scant 219g and produces a bright and crisp image when viewed from the side or even outdoors.

Ubunto Netbook Remix

This may be the first computer seen running Ubuntu's Netbook Remix, a new version of its open-source OS designed for mini- laptops like the Eee PC. It's seen here on an Amtek tablet computer with a 10.2in display and Intel's new Diamondville Atom processor.

Amtek is a contract manufacturer serving mostly Japan, but also Tulip Computers in Europe. The device has a touchscreen and is for use in restaurants and other work settings, but Amtek will also make Ubuntu mini-laptops for consumers that should be on sale in a few months.

Acrosser embedded PC

If you need a computer that keeps running when you cover it in dust and shake it around for months on end, look no further. This is Acrosser's Ares fanless industrial embedded computer, designed to be jammed into the back of a bus or train and then long forgotten. You can't see from the picture but this one was being shaken vigorously for hours. It's part of the testing process designed to expose any 'latent defects' in each product. The survivors are shipped out the door.

NEXT PAGE: An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall

Computex, which took place this week, is Asia's largest information technology trade show. We prowled the hundred of exhibits to find some of the best innovations on display.

LED Lamp

This is an LED lamp. They're not terribly new but we thought it looked quite cool. You adjust the brightness by sliding your finger around a touch control at the bottom. We're told the lamp will burn for 10,000 hours, versus 1,000 for a standard light bulb, and we're also told they're more environmentally friendly. This one from Lumen Arte is on sale now for about $120 (£60).

Wall PC

These PCs from JSP-Tech Enterprise look a bit like giant iPods and come in a range of bright colours. It's designed to hang on the wall in the living room or kitchen, or in a cafe or other public place. Based on a Mini-ITX Intel motherboard, it can be used to serve up music and video or to surf the web with a wireless keyboard. It comes with or without a small screen on the front and can also be hooked up to a TV or computer monitor. Pricing wasn't available.

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall