Cutting-edge tech and great bargains at IT Show 2018

Those looking to buy new gadgets can get cash vouchers for these purchases by trading in their old gadgets - including video game consoles, televisions and cameras - at the annual IT Show, which is now into its 17th year. Mr Vadzim Tsitou, the Asia p
Mr Vadzim Tsitou, the Asia partner of British high-tech visual solutions firm Kino-mo. The firm's Hypervsn Wall has blades with LEDs that rotate, which then create the illusion of an image hovering in the air.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
Those looking to buy new gadgets can get cash vouchers for these purchases by trading in their old gadgets - including video game consoles, televisions and cameras - at the annual IT Show, which is now into its 17th year. Mr Vadzim Tsitou, the Asia p
Those looking to buy new gadgets can get cash vouchers for these purchases by trading in their old gadgets - including video game consoles, televisions and cameras - at the annual IT Show, which is now into its 17th year. ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

Punters can buy latest products and enjoy trade-in deals at show being held in Suntec until Sunday

It is not quite Star Wars technology but visitors to the annual IT Show can catch a new 3D hologram display that is being showcased for the first time in Singapore.

The display, called the Hypervsn Wall, is the brainchild of British high-tech visual solutions firm Kino-mo. The gadget has blades with LEDs that rotate, which then create the illusion of an image hovering in the air.

The larger-than-life image wizardry has already caught the attention of Singapore firms. Kino-mo said it has received more than 100 enquiries about the display .

Mr Vadzim Tsitou, Kino-mo's Asia partner, said he was unable to give further details as discussions are still in the early stages.

But he added that it was this interest that prompted the firm to showcase the hologram technology in Singapore.

The display was among the highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in Las Vegas in January and open to only trade visitors.

Mr Tsitou said the four-day show, which opened yesterday at Suntec, was a good platform to showcase such technology since it was an event which "consolidated a lot of electronic goods and technologies".

Bargain hunters were out in full force looking for deals on cameras, television sets, computers, broadband plans and more at this year's IT Show in Suntec Singapore. The four-day consumer electronics fair started yesterday, and ends on Sunday. Visito
Bargain hunters were out in full force looking for deals on cameras, television sets, computers, broadband plans and more at this year's IT Show in Suntec Singapore. The four-day consumer electronics fair started yesterday, and ends on Sunday. Visitors can trade in their old gadgets for cash vouchers to buy new gizmos at the IT Show as well. They can also catch a holographic display, on show for the first time to the public here, at the annual event. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The annual IT Show, now into its 17th year, is organised by Exhibits Inc, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.

Those looking to buy new gadgets can get cash vouchers for these purchases by trading in their old gadgets - including video game consoles,TVs and cameras - at the event.

Like previous years, this year's consumer electronics fair also features a raft of deals and promotions.

For instance, telco M1 is offering a 2Gbps fibre broadband plan at $39 a month.

This is an upgrade from 1Gbps, the usual speed for the plan, but it is limited to the first 500 customers.

Ms Justina Lim, 27, was among the customers in the queue at the M1 booth yesterday.

She decided on a 500Mbps fibre broadband plan at $29 a month, which is an upgrade from the 300Mbps plan she subscribed to before.

Ms Lim said the deals were great value for money and added that she enjoyed the event as there were many different products on sale.

Other deals at the event included a 75-inch 4K UHD Sony Android TV, which was being sold for $5,299, down from its usual price of $8,999.

Other visitors like Mr Eric Tan were on the lookout for promotions on laptops and printers.

The 39-year-old commercial pilot spent about $2,000 on a 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron laptop for his children, and an HP OfficeJet Pro wireless printer for his home office.

He said: "With some of the promotion bundles, it's probably cheaper than what's out there in the stores."

The IT Show is on from 11am to 9pm daily until Sunday. Admission is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Cutting-edge tech and great bargains at IT Show 2018'. Print Edition | Subscribe