In celebration of Singapore’s 49th National Day, Digital Life looks at the established and the unsung tech heroes of Singapore. Click on each photo to read their story.
Claim to fame: Xmi is the company behind the X-mini capsule speakers which are now sold in more than 85 countries.
Sound beyond size is the mantra of the eight-year-old homegrown company Xmi. Read more
Claim to fame: This 23-year-old homegrown company owns the Prolink brand and sells its networking products in more than 20 countries in the region.
When Mr Jack Huang started his own company some 20 years ago, he chose to focus on South-east Asian markets because the region was too small to interest the big boys. Read more
Claim to fame: Its Buccaneer 3-D printer took the crowdfunding world by storm on Kickstarter last year. By the time the campaign ended, Pirate3D had raised more than US$1.4 million.
Unlike others in the market which cost around US$2,000 (S$2,500) and are difficult to use, Buccaneer’s 3-D printer promises to be a stylish machine that is affordable – starting at US$397 – and intuitive. Read more
Claim to fame: This two-year-old start-up lets buyers mix and match laptop components to create their ideal gaming machines. Even the look and colour can be customised.
We were tired of working for others,” said Mr Joe Wee, 30. So he quit his job in New Zealand two years ago to help his fraternal twin brother, Marcus, with Aftershock PC, a Singapore start-up selling customised gaming laptops. Read more
Claim to fame: Its PC memory and flash storage products are sold in more than 30 countries, from Australia to South Africa. In 2010, it was ranked 19th in the Enterprise 50 list, which recognises local, privately held companies for their contributions to Singapore’s economy.
A missed flight that led to two friends spending five hours together over coffee sounds like the start of a romance. Read more
Claim to fame: Eubiq produces a power track that allows special adaptors to be connected to it, to power devices. This eliminates the need for extension cords and power outlets.
Inventor and engineer Yong Choon, 68, did not start out looking to redesign the electrical outlet. Read more
Claim to fame: Known for its home networking products, Aztech is a diversified conglomerate with businesses ranging from LED lighting to marine logistics. Founded in 1986, the company is listed on the Singapore Exchange mainboard and earned $241 million last year.
When Creative Technology came out with the sound card in 1989, Aztech had its big break – it soon produced its own sound cards too. Read more
Claim to fame: The company owns the Armaggeddon, PowerLogic and SonicGear brands. It offers a broad range of speakers, gaming keyboards, mice and other accessories here, in South-east Asia, and as far afield as Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
Armaggeddon, PowerLogic and SonicGear are brands you have likely seen on a variety of headphones, keyboards, laptop bags and speakers. Read more
Six up and coming Singapore technology companies to look out for
They may be new, but they have their sights set on the world. Here are six upcoming Singapore tech companies to look out for. Read more
National Day 2014: Singapore"s established and unsung technology heroes