For the baby that has everything: sports car with onboard computer highlight of Hong Kong toy fair
The Broon M8 Electric Sedan reaches speeds of 8 kph and can be driven just like a real car
In a city famed for its rich bankers cruising through the streets in their flashy sports cars, what better gift for a barely walking infant than their very own flashy motor, complete with leather seats an onboard computer and car stereo.
Enter the Broon M8 Electric Sedan: the latest in the series of ludicrously-feature rich electric ride-on cars from Korean manufacturer Henes, which reaches speeds of 8 kph and can be driven just like a real car.
Watch: SCMP checks out the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair
“It’s possible for the children to sit [in the car] and control in manually, or the father or more can control via remote control,” Henes salesman Jin Seung-hwan told the South China Morning Post.
Leather seats and an onboard computer and entertainment system mean this car is a lot fancier than most children’s (or adults') first ride, and this is reflected in the price, the M8 retails for around US$800, pretty steep for something a child will grow too big to fit inside pretty quickly.
Henes was displaying its latest models at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, Asia’s “biggest toys event”, which took place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre this week.
At the other end of the price scale but equally impressive was Hong Kong-based developer MagiColoring’s augmented reality colouring book which enables children to see their colourings come to life on a phone or tablet via the company’s free app. A company spokesperson told the Post that they were mainly focused on “selling our technology” so were happy to provide the app for free. It’s available for Android and iOS now.
Another highlight was the AxPro USB sniper rifle. Plugged into a computer or laptop, wannabe snipers can zoom and aim the rifle using their mouse, before firing a real ball bearing at their target. Office workers with US$100 to spare could torment their colleagues for hours, though the noise of the mechanical rifle means staying covert would be difficult.
While there was a noticeable surfeit of drones throughout the exhibition hall, the indoor setting meant that none but the very smallest were actually being flown. Of these, the most attractive thing about them was the price (under US$100 at retail), with few offering anything beyond what is already offered by a crop of low-end, mobile phone controlled drones filling up Taobao and other online marketplaces.
Despite it being open to the press and public, HKTG is first-and-foremost a trade fair, intended to connect (mostly mainland Chinese) manufacturers with overseas retailers. This was reflected by the fact that, trendy flying cameras aside, the majority of the exhibition hall was filled with the traditional toy stapes of dolls, dinosaurs and construction sets. CES it was not.