A craze for smart hardware has been raging in the past year, especially in China which is at the center of the smart hardware industrial chain. The trend also lured internet giants to build platforms in a bid to better develop and connect the hardware startups.

However, the burgeoning market has been plagued by product homogeneity. Smart watches and smart fitness trackers, which led the initial wave of smart hardware, are losing their charm as the market gets clogged with products with little or no difference in features, quality and benefits. Intensifying competition in these two sectors has pushed hardware startups to break into other areas. Here are some interesting areas we think worth nothing and startups which have caught our eye.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.