Earlier this week on the second day of TechCrunch Beijing, Engadget’s Richard Lai sat down with an expert panel to discuss the smart hardware industry, in particular touching on the aspects of what the industry is doing right and what it’s missing.

Participants of the panel were Laurent Le Pen, CEO and founder of smartwatch Omate, Li Tailong from platform Kick2Real (under Foxconn), Li Zhifei from ChuMenWenWen, a voice-activated mobile search application as well as Zhang Yue from PICOOC, a company which developed a smart weighing scale.

The panel’s moderator, Richard Lai, kickstarted the panel by asking what component is lacking in the smart hardware industry, to which Li Zhifei from ChuMenWenWen answered that most so-called “smart technology” devices should not be called as such.

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Zen Soo

Zen is a tech journalist with a fondness for tech gadgets and pandas. She is also a full-time grad student studying business journalism at Tsinghua University, and often spends much time dreaming about...