Innovative electronics

| 9 Apr 2018

Janice Huang

International buyers will have more choices at the Global Sources annual trade show for the electronics industry this year, with more than 9,000 booths and more artificial intelligence-powered products.

The business-to-business media company has set up an AI experience zone and a showcase of next-generation accessories made for Apple iPhones as well as pavilions for advanced driver-assistance systems and navigation. There will also be voice-enabled devices.

Talkbo, a robot featuring AI technology and equipped with non-native natural language processing, is among the many highlights. The robot, which delivers native English programs with the option of a British or an American accent, can understand language with wrong grammar, and incomplete sentences. It is equipped to correct the pronunciation and encourage non-native English speakers. The product supports English, Putonghua, and Japanese.

Meanwhile, China's second largest search engine Sogou's new product, Sogou Travel Translator, powered by AI is also available at the trade show.

The spring trade show from April 11 to 30 at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo, consists of several events - Global Sources Electronics, which include Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics; Global Sources Gifts & Home and Global Sources Fashion.

As the flagship show, Global Sources Electronics will feature 6,600 booths of the hottest electronics products from suppliers. There are product launches, experience and demo zones, and conference programs. Exhibitors are drawn from Greater China, South Korea, the United States, Australia, France and elsewhere.

The Consumer Electronics show will run from April 11 to 14, offering 3,800 booths that showcase home, outdoor, auto electronics, video gaming and smart living. The Mobile Electronics show, from April 18 to 21, will feature 2,800 booths offering mobile devices and accessories, which mainly consists of VR/AR, wearables and mobile speakers as well as headphones.

Running from April 18 to 21, Global Sources Gifts & Home will help buyers find gifts and home products from China and across Asia, while Global Sources Fashion, from April 27 to 30, has 1,800 booths.

The trade show hosts on-site conferences to cover new and hot technologies such as AI, Internet of Things, smart living and personal transporters.

On April 11, speakers from China Mobile, ZTE and Huawei will share insights on the transformation of IoT via 5G and AI, according to Tommy Wong, president of Global Sources Electronics Group.

At the same time, Startup Launchpad, the largest hardware trade show in Asia that facilitates global distribution between startups and online and offline retailers, will bring 300 startups from 14 countries and regions. It will attract over 50 thought leaders to share information on AI, blockchain and future tech.

Buyers from 150 countries are expected, including executives and purchasing decision makers from Adidas, Belkin, Huawei, JD.com, and Samsung.

Global Sources organizes export sourcing shows in Hong Kong every April and October with eight events annually. Over 1.5 million international buyers use the services provided by the company.

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