Many such manufacturers "didn't have to deal with the cloud before. So they need to find a company that understands both hardware and software," Shih said.
During Acer's event in Taiwan Thursday, the PC maker announced it is already supporting products from more than a dozen partners. One of the partners includes Germany-based Advanced Telematic Systems, which is using Acer's cloud services to allow car owners to remotely set preferences for features such as music and car temperature.
The company also demonstrated how a tablet could be used to control household electronics, including a TV, fan, water boiler, and surveillance camera.
Although Acer is not known for its software and services, in 2001 the company completed its own data center in Taiwan to offer cloud computing to customers. In 2011, the PC maker bought U.S. cloud technology provider iGWare for $320 million.
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