The 33rd Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) opened Oct. 13, with more than 3,400 exhibitors from 30 countries showing wares for end users and for OEM/ODM sale. The show is co-located with the component show electronicAsia at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre through Oct. 16. Many well-known U.S. brands displayed current products and some provided sneak peeks at items destined for American retail shelves and web sites, come 2014. Here’s some of what we saw, based on a quick tour of the show floor in its opening hours:
• 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.