Love to impress with the latest tech? Now you can lay your hands on an array of cutting-edge, crowd-funded gizmos and gadgets without having had to stump up cash months in advance. And, virtually as important, you can try before you buy.

Hong Kong’s first crowd-funding concept store, Backers, opened this month at the K11 shopping mall, in Tsim Sha Tsui. The store offers such products as Solar Paper, a portable solar charger, and Mighty Mug, a smart cup that won’t fall over if tipped – a boon for desktop coffee drinkers.

Founders Panda Ho Chung-kong and Damien Ng Man-chun say the aim is to make crowd-funded items from online platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, zeczec, flyingV and Makuake accessible to anyone who desires the latest gadgetry but doesn’t want to “buy without seeing the real thing”.

Products are bulk ordered for the best deals.

For more information and the online store, visit