What’s hot and what’s not at GITEX

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS - Ahmed@7days.ae

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.

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