Hong Kong Show Offers Glimpses of 2014 Lifestyle ProductsOctober 13, 2013 By Nancy Klosek
• Portable Bluetooth audio speaker supplier NYNE provided a glimpse of its U.S. market offerings for 2014. President Arman Arami explained that the theme running through the lineup, which starts at $49.95 for the entry-level teen-targeted NYNE Mini – wearable audio that comes with a carabineer belt hook – and is capped by the $149.95 flagship NYNE Bass, is “lifestyle audio.” New features for 2014 include NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and phone-charging capability. The line also includes a newly designed bicycle speaker, Cruiser ($79.95) that now fits all sizes of handlebars, and the TT ($129.95) a book-style speaker designed or travelers that comes with a carrying case and shoulder strap.
• Gibson Chu, general manager at EM, an official licensee for the Honeywell brand, demonstrated SKUs in the Ovale line of wireless speakers. Honeywell’s Bluetooth $149 Pad/iPod/iPhone docking model, already available, is soon to be joined on the market by a Bluetooth version offering NFC compatibility to work with Android NFC-equipped smart devices. The Ovale line also includes the 4.2-ampere-capacity rapid charging USB charging station. Chu said the company is considering the launch of a Honeywell-branded line of chargers and power surge protectors next year as well.
• At Oregon Scientific’s booth, sports fitness and health care products were at the forefront of introductions for the brand. On the brink of U.S. market launch, according to Terence Chan, product manager for sports, fitness and health care products, is the Smart Dynamics Series 24/7 activity tracker, which works in sync with a smart device app to track the physical activity of the wearer. It connects with the devices via Bluetooth Lower Energy (BLE) technology, and is slated to sell for $99; it comes with black, blue and orange interchangeable silicone wristbands
• At the DreamGear/iSound booth, gaming accessories, including headphones primed for the pre-holiday debut of the Sony PS4, were shown. The ’phones offer flexibility and well-padded earcups for comfort, along with LED lights circling the outside of the earcups for some added “bling.” The company’s Geona Sunabe, director of product development, also showed off an array of iSound wireless Bluetooth speaker systems and headphones for which the company has devised “Try me” self-merchandisers with built-in demo music.