Hong Kong Electronics Fair Trains Focus on IoT, Wearables & More
The concurrently held Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and ICT expo didn’t have an official theme, but if they did, this year it would have been “The Internet of Things.” The combined trade shows, which in mid-April attracted over 3,300 exhibitors from across the globe, were heavily focused on connecting both home appliances to the Internet, and on the burgeoning market for wearable wireless devices that connect to smartphones to provide a host of information.
For the connected home, manufacturers both large and small are betting that consumers will want to have every electronic item in their house controllable from their smartphone. Diversified companies like Wulian (http://www.wulian.cc/english) showed off a wide range of products: LED lightbulbs, motion sensors, curtain controls, and even a thermometer/humidity sensor for your lawn, that can all be controlled through one gateway device (which they also manufacture), and controlled via smartphone or tablet. Likewise, Adition (http://www.adition.com.cn) was promoting both its extensive range as well as its support for Apple’s HomeKit control system. Do you want to set up your multicolor LED bulb to change tone as the day progresses, and pre-heat the stove as your car approaches the garage (which will, of course, automatically open)? Soon, you can.
Some of the smaller manufacturers were focusing on The Internet of Things with individual products. Champon demo’ed a smart electrical switch which can be turned on and off via an app, or by using Siri. Shenzen Sky Electronics Manufactory is working with Bluetooth and GSM phone chips to make a more flexible range of products, like a door alarm that could be mounted in an apartment, where permanent installation in the wall is unavailable.