In the last five years, hardware start-ups have become the new darlings of the tech industry, thanks to popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Via crowdfunding campaigns, hardware entrepreneurs can directly obtain funds from people who are truly interested in purchasing their products. Gone are the days where a successful hardware company required a sterling reputation and an abundance of investment. With a good idea, solid technology, a well designed crowdfunding campaign and a city named Shenzhen, almost anyone can become a hardware entrepreneur.

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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...