Thousands of manufacturers from China, South Korea and Hong Kong come over every year to show their latest products and inventions during the Global Sources and HKTDC tradeshows making Hong Kong the ideal place to taste the waters about Asia’s trending technologies.
"Hong Kong is probably one of the best places to study the world of consumer electronics and see what’s new and coming."
Here a top five of what we thought was most trending while visiting the October tradeshows of Global Sources and HKTDC:
Smart home devices
, even getting its own section in the GS tradeshow. Security (camera’s) seems to be omnipresent in this category followed by smart light switches. Everything controlled by the smartphone. Though big companies like Apple, Samsung or Google are trying to become the new smart-home-hub for people worldwide, we did not see exhibitors lining up with these big players.
Virtual Reality Glasses
, which are still very big, bulky and heavy and inconvenient to carry. We start to see more integration of other functions, such as audio and video with an integrated headphone and display. It is my impression there is still a long way to go here before we are seeing a more mature product or product market but everyone seems to be in on this one. The bigger VR-companies offer high quality display and audio and games-library.
are still gaining in popularity. The average thickness of these smartwatches is still around 15mm and overall they are still quite heavy. Designs of smartwatches seems to be stepping away from the square Fitbit and Apple-shape, preferring the traditional round shape. People prefer a piece of jewellery rather than a piece of technology on their wrist I guess.
Small battery-powered bikes
. Though we saw some small battery powered vehicles last year already, mainly hoverboards, this year we see more battery-powered bikes as well. There seems to little thought yet how and where these will be used, which shows in the design, proper lights are missing, bikes are too heavy to carry upstairs and in general there are no adequate charging stations for bikes outdoors yet.
. We did not see much change compared to last year (the tradeshows we have attended here are focussing on consumer-electronics rather than B2B so don’t expect utilitarian drones here!). We missed drones following the user, inventions we love on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.