See the latest gadgets at HK electronics show
HONG KONG, April 17 – Hong Kong has been given a look into the future over the past four days as around 10,000 buyers from across the world have gathered at the region’s largest electronics fair which has showcased the latest innovations and gadgets the industry hopes will capture the imagination of consumers over the next 12 months.
The Hong Kong International Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) attracted, over April 13-16, more than 3,150 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, among them the likes of the United States’ giants Radio Shack, Amcall Wireless from Canada and China’s 360buy.com and China Mobile.
While Hong Kong’s role in the global electronics market translated, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, into exports of HK$1.85 trillion (RM731.84 billion) in electronics products last year, much of the attention for this event was pointed towards the market just a little further north with a focus on what would make a splash among Chinese consumers.
The fact that China now has an estimated 988 million mobile phone subscribers meant many exhibitors were looking at that market in particular, but there were some surprises elsewhere, too.
Five products that captured imaginations at the fair:
For those on the go: The MyVoice 615 headset is aimed at the consumer who wants to have instant access to a whole world of information – and entertainment. It features functions that permit streaming of audio, movies and YouTube videos and creators i.Tech Dynamic Global Distribution Limited say it can be used with A2DP-compatible Bluetooth smartphones, tablets or multimedia devices. They also say “up to two mobile phones can be connected simultaneously through multipoint technology.”
When you just have to stay connected: If you can’t leave your iPad alone, the inCarBite Car Mount for iPad & iPad2 from the CAMi Company Limited lets you recharge your device in your car while the “built-in FM transmitter allows the playing of music, internet radio and soundtracks through the existing car audio system.”
Putting your best foot forward: They might not get much use in Hong Kong’s steamy conditions but the Thermo Soles 3-D with Remote Control are sure to warm up the winter month for those living in colder climes. Thermo-Chip Technology’s innovation features chargeable heated insoles with two remote-controlled settings and have no wires attached.
Lending a helping hand: The Desay Care Phone, from Desay (Hong Kong) Limited, is aimed at the elderly and is also hearing-aid friendly and comes with large colour screens and special speech-to-text function. There’s also a built-in FM radio and an extra strong flashlight function.
Fool your friends: Hong Kong’s Craft Projects Limited have come up with an iPhone case with a twist. This one has been crafted out of bamboo and will make your smartphone look just like a camera. If that indeed is what you fancy. – AFP