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What’s the opposite of memory lane? Try TechCrunch Shenzhen’s Startup Alley — a veritable future-fest, crammed full of startup hopefuls all aiming to become the technology of the future.

Shenzhen has been called the hardware capital of the world, and accordingly, many of the startups on display this week were gadgets: high-tech dog bones, skin scanners and skateboards.

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Cassidy McDonald

Cassidy McDonald is a Beijing-based multimedia journalist who covers technology's effect on Chinese society. She tweets at @CMcD123.