What’s hot and what’s not at GITEX
Vendors at GITEX Shopper say smart watches, virtual reality and drones are among the top tech flying off the shelves this week. However, demand for last year’s top toy - the hoverboard - appears to have stalled. Sajeer Rasheed, Sales Executive for Prince Computers, said: “People buy drones to take landscape aerial shots during their vacation as well as enjoy playing with them - drones will sell like hotcakes.” GITEX shoppers were also interested in smart watches, which can be bought for as little as Dhs99. Shopper Charlton Dmello said he wasn’t interested in the gadget when it first came out but now he is buying one for his dad. “It can measure his heart rate after long walks and workouts, this is beside the other things it can do, it is brilliant,” he added. Meanwhile, virtual reality devices range from Dhs99 to Dhs399 but are often given away with smartphones. Parinita Kalkani, salesperson for Samsung at the Sharaf DG stand, said: “The gaming exper ience and being able to see things in HD, 3D and 360 degrees gets people interested.” However, salesman Harry Jaswani, who was using a hoverboard to distribute flyers,said the time of the scooter seems to be over. “The hoverboard will die soon, people don’t want to buy it anymore, they either don’t know how to use it or they are scared to buy it and not find a place to use it,” he said.