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The touching tech of CeBIT

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 01:54

Mar.07 - The world's largest computer trade fair CeBIT is underway in the northern German city of Hannover, with new applications of touch technology taking centre stage. Matt Cowan reports

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It may not inspire the same fanfare as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but CeBIT in the German city of Hannover is the world's largest technology fair. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a break from discussing countries whose finances are under water to look at a tablet computer that can be entirely submerged and survive. Liquidity of another sort was on the agenda with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff who made the trip to the northern German city to help open the event. Brazil is this year's international partner. SOUNDBITE: BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING (Portuguese) : "We have a very significant business and trade relationship between our two countries. In our bilateral talks with Chancellor Merkel I expressed Brazil's worry about the rapid monetary expansion on the part of certain countries, starting with the United States, which is obviously much more significant than that of the European Union. But now with the monetary expansion in the EU, it provokes a currency appreciation which we consider unhelpful for Brazil's international trade." Brazil did say it will take part in a recapitalisation of the International Monetary Fund, which Merkel welcomed. Back in the halls, the focus was on big data, next generation mobile technology and personal ID cards that could be used for an assortment of tasks including opening a bank account from home. German carmarker Audi showed how touch technology is even changing life behind the wheel. Spokesman Tim Fronzek. SOUNDBITE: Tim Fronzek, Spokesman Audi Products And Technology, saying (German) : "All you would do is enter something on this touchpad. We're in Hannover here so I'll enter Hannover. While I'm doing this I can continue talking to you. The system tells me which letter it recognised. If the system did not recognise the letter I can brush it away with a gesture and enter a new one. So I can talk to you at the same time. The idea of course is that you watch the road while you enter something" CeBIT continues until the 10th of March. Matt Cowan,

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The touching tech of CeBIT

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 01:54