The new hardware revolution has started for a while. Makers have encountered problems in industrial design or software development, and experienced electronics manufacturers, incubators, venture capitalists and everyone else have stepped in to help them out. And, they have begun shipping products!

But, we don’t know many fitness trackers, smart scales, or smart watches that have shipped a large number of products even in China, the world’s most populous market and where flocks of entrepreneurs are building products for the hardware revolution.

I was surprised when I learned 360 Portable WiFi, a dongle that can be converted to a WiFi hotspot once plugged into a PC or laptop, was one of the most popular hardware products born of the hardware trend. Its parent company Qihoo 360 claims more than 15 million pieces have been sold since its launch one year ago.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com