A consumer electronics fair is opening in Taipei on March 18th with more than 400 booths this year. Extreme weather and air pollution has inspired one multi-purpose appliance that not only blows hot and cold air but also purifies the air. Also, a robot vacuum cleans floors and filters out airborne pollutants. This manufacturer proudly presents this robot vacuum which can also function as an air purifier, technology that was developed in Taiwan.Seeking an advanced model that integrates many functions, an established manufacturer launched a multi-purpose household appliance that generates hot and cold air and even purifies the air.Dai HsiangElectronics MakerBefore you needed to put away the heater in summer and store a fan in the winter. This multi-purpose appliance is good all year round.A smart air conditioner is also displayed which can recycle the heat to warm up water. Household appliance makers are hoping these multi-purpose appliances can boost sales by at least 30 percent. Liao Chuan-pingTaipei Electrical Commercial AssociationThis fair features energy-saving and environmentally friendly household appliances. For example, air conditioners that can be remotely controlled by smart phone apps. We estimate this year’s revenue to reach NT$2 bn.As consumers are cautious about their spending, electronics makers are trying to come up with new functions that are impressive enough to convince consumers to replace older models.