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Documentary: Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware - WIRED UK
  • Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware - Trailer | Future Cities | WIRED

    The first in a series of brand new ‘Future Cities' documentaries takes us inside Shenzhen, looking at how and why the city has evolved so rapidly. We examine the unique manufacturing eco-system that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film asks what the rest of the world can learn from the so-called ‘Silicon Valley of hardware’, and questions what may be next for Shenzhen itself.


    Full Film: in 4 parts or Complete 1:07 hr

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  • Looks very good, will watch now. Thank you!

    Edit: finished watching it, VERY worthwhile! I've shared it around on Facebook as well.

  • For me looks like typical western main media view, targeted to people who do not know China history at all or very brief media style (actually, inside China now lot of it is also screwed), do not know any economic basics and do not even know that is actual industry is. All this open-source -robot-3D-printers startups is shit, consider them just way for corporations to save on dome development costs and make normal people (via banks and budget) to pay for it. Also all this idea of "sharing" in film, well, comes from simple economy of scale you see in China (it means that if you start making some common thing in original version, you can not compete in price with everyone else), and you do not even imagine how many Chinese companies want to prevent any product leaks / copies.

  • Welcome to China's Silicon Valley: Spectacular pictures show the dazzling neon lights at Huaqiangbei - the world's largest electronics market





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  • Linus of Linustechtips and Scottie at Strange Parts explore Huaqiangbei and try to build a video editing PC with Chinese off brand parts.

    PS, Shopping in China takes a lot of time, sore feet etc. Too many stores, with too much stuff. No prices. You can pay for something, thinking you got a bargain and find it 3 times cheaper at another store! Maybe check prices on tapbao, amazon, eBay first. If you see something you like, it's best to buy it. You may forget where the store was if you come back later. Store business cards usually have a stall number so you can find them later.

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  • Shenzhen is part of the Greater Bay Area of The Pearl River Delta home of 65 million people and 11 cities including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Macau. CNBC looks at Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, a new tech development venture.

  • For the first time in history, the economy of Shenzhen surpassed that of Hong Kong, with Shenzhen's 2018 GDP growth rising 7.6 percent to 2.42 trillion yuan ($362.2 billion) compared with Hong Kong's HK$2.845 trillion, equivalent to 2.4 trillion yuan based on the annual average exchange rate given by Hong Kong's Census and Statistics Department.

    China today is trying to deepen reforms and readjusting its industrial structure. So is Shenzhen. In a bid to promote the efficient flow of capital, resources, talent and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, Shenzhen is trying to coordinate transport and planning in the two special administrative regions located in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

    -By Wang Wenwen Source:Global Times Published: 2019/2/28

  • Ninety percent of the world’s headphones are produced in China, 90% of China’s headphones are produced in Guangdong, and 90% of Guangdong’s headphones are made in Dongguan,” explains SIVGA co-founder and product chief Zhou Jian, an 18-year audio industry veteran who has done work for global brands like Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co., Sony and Bose. His company is based in Dongguan because, he says, “Dongguan’s industrial chain is near perfect.” Zhou estimates there are hundreds of specialist factories in the area focusing on a particular component, such as screws, and his network of contacts among those suppliers has been invaluable. It was “support from these good friends” that got SIVGA, short for Sound Impression Via Genuine Artwork, off the ground.

    Now employing more than 30 people and offering a premium brand called Sendy Audio, SIVGA sells a luxury pair of $599 headphones called Aiva. Featuring handcrafted wooden ear cups and intricately detailed metal grilles, the Aiva have shipped more than 2,000 units into a niche, high-margin market that’s usually reserved for U.S. boutique outfits like Audeze and Campfire Audio. “As far as we know, we are the only company in Dongguan with a woodworking department,” Zhou says, while also pointing out that at SIVGA “the development time is short and many decisions can be made on the spot.” This instant design responsiveness is a signature feature of China’s new tech upstarts, and Zhou sums it up with an old Chinese proverb: “small boats change course easier than big boats.”

    DJI is the pioneer that proved Chinese tech companies could aspire to be more than just manufacturing contractors or fast copiers. “DJI leads the industry with features like automatically avoiding obstacles in flight, which it implemented first,” notes Techsponential lead analyst Avi Greengart. “Rivals in the U.S., France and Taiwan have not been able to catch up.” DJI’s lead is based on the same geographic synergies as SIVGA’s. When a U.S. rival suffers a manufacturing hitch or defect, its ability to identify and react to the problem is hampered by the distance between its designers and manufacturers. DJI doesn’t have that problem, which has helped propel it to being the top drone maker in the world.

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