Welcome to our second day at HKTDC’s Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), where we are going to spend more time on “Startups”. In the morning we were given the opportunity to sit down with multiple startups over breakfast. Although we didn’t have the chance to sit down with all the startups present due to lack of time, we did get to speak with a few startups with some interesting products.
Such as Revsmart and their product the HEADSUP – Communicator. The startup consists of a father-son combination, V.K Jagannathan and Sunder Jagannathan who are aiming to improve the quality of life of fleet riders and regular bike riders all-round. The HEADSUP attaches as a module to a bike helmet and uses vibrations to transfer audio to the rider. As audio is transferred through vibrations, the rider doesn’t use any earbuds that would block out outside noise, improving not just safety but also comfort. The applications of HEADSUP looks bright especially if companies like Foodpanda or GrabFood picks it up.
Another interesting product that popped up is a Smart Diving Mask which uses Augmented Reality to cast crucial information such as depth, no decompression limit time, safety stop prompts, surface time, and works up to 60m. They are currently still in their beta phase but they have received requests from other divers to test out their beta models, so there’s definitely a demand for this device. In a way, it doubles as a dive computer, and it is able to keep logs of your dives and share them into a community they are building.
After our breakfast meeting, it’s off to explore the Startup Zone where startups from all around the world have convened. Energy is what you feel when you step into the zone, and the crowd was eating up the energy while interacting with the booth owners. Some of the startups share with us that HKTDC’s Electronics Fair can be considered one of the best fairs for startups thanks to all the support they received.
While perusing the zone they had another event “Get Heard from the Crowd” which had each startup taking the role of introducing their company and product up on-stage for the general public. It’s a smart move to do so because it allows these companies to reach a larger audience than possible with their small booths.