Robotics on start-up platform

money-glitz | 29 Oct 2018

Gary Poon

Three hundred start-ups from 15 countries and regions participated in the Startup Launchpad fall event at the Global Sources mobile electronics show.

It showcased innovations covering internet of things, wearables, smart home, robotics, virtual reality/augmented reality, supply chain, and other high-growth categories recently.

Startup Launchpad is a major trade show and conference in Asia facilitating global distribution between hardware and retail solution start-ups and renowned online and offline retailers.

Among the exhibitors were those from Japan, Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong's Cyberport and The Mills.

The conference drew more than 60 thought leaders who shared insights on the future of retail over two days.

In the fall edition of the event, on Ecosystem Day, players in different markets plan to inform start-ups on the resources and funding available in their markets.

The Startup Launchpad investment competition caters for those seeking investors and investment strategies.

The president of Global Sources Electronics Group, Tommy Wong Tam-wai said: "Global Sources is focusing on tomorrow's hot consumer trends today. We are continuing to build the strength of our trade-show offerings in the fields of artificial intelligence and internet of things, and VR/AR/MR in addition to mobile products so that by the time these burgeoning technologies have become commonplace in consumers' everyday life, buyers have long been well-placed to cater to the current and future needs of their markets."

The show featured Asia's largest pavilions for smartphones and tablets, speakers and headphones, VR & AR, wearables and mobile accessories. Expanded selections for the October show included artificial intelligence and internet of things (AIOT) and wireless charging.

The new brand hall was buyers' first stop to view innovations, technologies from China's leading original equipment manufacturer/original design manufacturer brands. Other special attractions were the AIOT Park and VR Experience Zone powered by HTC Vive.

The Global Sources Electronics show attracted more than 70,000 buyers from 150 countries and territories. There were almost 3,600 booths, more than doubled since 2014.

It also included a special product launch area and product gallery along with tech conferences and an experience zone to highlight innovative products and technologies.

Meanwhile, a series of on-site conferences was held. It included the fifth VR/AR/MR Ecosystem Summit and the Mobile Phone CEO Summit covering mobile and wireless technology developments, AIOT, VR/AR/MR, sourcing best practices, and online retail.

Top industry experts shared their views on market trends and industry development.

The Global Sources Electronics show also included seminars to help online and Amazon sellers boost profits.

The show is complemented year-round by the industry website,

The Global Sources lifestyle show will close tomorrow. It featured 2,500 booths of gifts, home, and fashion products.

The Global Sources fashion show will also end tomorrow. It is the largest fashion trade fair in Hong Kong, featuring manufacturers from China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. There are more than 400 new exhibitors while 600 exhibitors will accept small orders.

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