Smart City, Startups, AI, Voice Recognition Were Hot Buttons at Hong Kong’s Spring Fairs
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), co-located with the International ICT Expo, just concluded on April 16, having drawn in aggregate around 3,600 exhibitors from 27 countries and global regions.
The four-day event, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), focused on major trending topics in consumer technology, as well as a Smart City theme expressed at the ICT Expo, in tune with the Hong Kong Government’s Smart City Blueprint, whose aim is “to develop Hong Kong into a world-class smart city,” said Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director. The theme encompassed Smart Living and showcased cutting-edge solutions in Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy.”
The Spring Electronics Fair featured some 3,000 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions, was anchored by the Tech Trends Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future, where a gathering of industry experts examined the latest trends in consumer electronics and the latest developments in AI and IoT, edge computing, and augmented and virtual reality.
Highlights at the Spring Electronics Fair included:
- A new AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Voice Recognition Zone - Catering to the growing application of AI technologies across different industries, the zone featured wide-ranging products spanning all the cutting-edge trends. They included a 3D-vision, anti-spoofing facial recognition access control system offering top-level security for corporations, banks and financial institutions; and the world’s first Auto-Director AI Camera that uses AI and a gimbal to automatically track, record and capture a pre-determined subject’s movements in high-definition 4K video.
- The Asia-Pacific AI Business Alliance (AIBA) pavilion, presented by Tuya and its global partners, which showcased a series of smart home products that are empowered by a global AI IoT platform, including voice- and cloud-controlled electric window blinds, temperature and humidity sensors, air purifiers and kitchen smoke detectors.
- Four other thematic Zones, which included the AR, VR & MR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Realty & Mixed Reality) Zone, Connected Home Zone, Robotics & Unmanned Tech Zone, and the e-Health & Wearables Zone.
- A debut pavilion from Alibaba.com that promoted selected suppliers from its e-commerce platform, which presented the latest smart products with the goal of reaching a wider international market.
- Tesla, showcasing its latest product, Model 3, and highlighting the car’s key features, such as “autopilot,” and other convenience features. Participants could also sign up to test-drive two other Tesla cars: the Model S and the Model X, along a predetermined route to experience the electric vehicles’ performance characteristics.
- The Hall of Fame, which spotlighted more than 600 global electronics brands, including Bourgini, Desay, ezviz, Garmin, Greatwall and SKROSS.
- An expanded Startup Zone, focusing on Hong Kong’s thriving startup ecosystem. The HKTDC has enlarged this promotional platform at its two annual fairs to showcase 150 startups from around the world, including local companies such as dokiPal. This company displayed the world’s first 4G-enabled children’s smartwatch that is equipped with features such as an integrated AI voice assistant, location tracking, two-way video calling and fitness tracking.
Also part of the Startup Zone exhibit experience was a series of startup-themed events to give exposure to these companies, providing them with a forum to pitch their solutions or products to potential investors, buyers and the media. These events included a Pitching Competition, the Media Pitch Day and “Startup, Smart Launch” sessions, an Investment Matchmaking session, and the Makers’ Clinic.
- Several companies from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, presenting new opportunities in many industries. Various pavilion-based Product Demo and Launch sessions (including by Zhuhai and Dongguan) were organized for exhibitors and buyers.
To streamline attendees’ experience at the Fair and help them make best use of their show visit, buyers and exhibitors could use an e-badge, offered through the HKTDC Marketplace App, for seamless access to events and to reduce waiting time. Another time-saver was the app’s e-Business Card feature, allowing buyers and exhibitors to instantly exchange name cards and information by scanning QR codes.