Singing praises for the fair was Oliver Evans, founder and CEO Shark Design. The company was making its first appearance at the show with its sleek MiTagg collection comprising the NuDock power lamp docking station – its minimalistic design with LED lamp for charging an iPhone and Apple Watch; the NuKi portable key chain battery charger and NuStand Apple Watch stand. “We had a lot of interest and managed to close a big deal with a European partner. Foot traffic was half decent so all in all a successful exhibit for us. We will be back next year,” Evans told AR. He also received several inquiries from Australian customers keen to distribute the range here with a decision on this imminent.
Does a turntable appeal? Then look no further than Australian company, Australian Imaging Technology, presenting internationally for the first time at the fair. Managing director, Howard Chen, told AR the mBeat vintage style turntable had picked up a lot of interest especially from European customers who were keen on seeing what Australian technology can deliver. “The younger generation want to hear what their parents and grandparents listened to. Vinyl-recording is a totally unique listening experience and very different to digital.” In addition to the nostalgic wooden storage chest, designed for portability and to minimise dust collection, the turntable is equipped with Bluetooth speakers, AM/FM radio and USB to PC recording function. It plays 33/45/78 vinyl.
Also making its debut at the fair was legendary French designer Pierre Cardin who has put his name to its first generation of technology and communication devices. The accessories range runs the gamut from headphones and speakers to phone and iPad cases each sporting the familiar black, red and white livery. Business development manager for Smart Brands International, Angel Sanchez, told AR the range would be extended in 2016 with carriers and bags featuring integrated wireless charging and Bluetooth sound. “New computer accessories, wireless sound devices, earphones and speakers will also be introduced next year.” Sanchez said the group was seeking distribution interests from Australia.
The crowds gathered to watch demonstrations of a new turbo grinding circulation blender from Airlux with a unique cutting and grinding system that automatically separates juices and hard seeds. The strainer and filter maximise the juice extraction rate and minimises juice oxygenation. Another appliance line-up featured whimsical illustrations and shapes – and yes, if you wanted a toaster featuring a scene of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House, local manufacturer Harvest Home will produce it for you.