VR, Smart Gadgets, China Innovations Break Through Hype At 2017

Joffe croppedVR, smart gadgets, China innovations break through all the hype at CES 2017,  @forbes




faraday car, CES All the rage? The futurish, super-speedy electric car revealed from LeEco group’s Faraday Future.


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The cutest AI-empowered and award-winning robot, from Ubtech in China, at CES.
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Checking out a new IOV (Internet of vehicles) scooter from Taiwan, with the chairman Allen Ko of Kymko, at CES. The scooters are priced at $3,000.

R, Alibaba, CESSilicon Dragon’s editor Rebecca Fannin caught up with the Alibaba team in Vegas, a long way from Hangzhou. Here, with Yin Jing, an exec hired away from Amazon to lead a business unit for Alibaba’s Tmall, its online retail shop operated in China.
CES, refrig, hacking

“My fridge can hack your smartphone.”  This is really what most of the CES show was about – connected everything, even if we don’t need it.

lawnmower, CES Now we have seen everything — a digitally connected lawnmower, at CES and how long before it goes to suburbia mainstream?

R, Vivalnk, croppedSilicon Dragon met up with Dr. Jiang Li, founder of healthcare tech wearable startup Vivalnk, who is making a splash at CES with his blend of China and US smarts. He’s one of the youngish CEOs we’ve selected to pitch at Silicon Dragon in San Francisco, Jan. 19, as we kick off our 2017 series of global events.

China business consultant David Wolf reports that his client Xiaomi has won the CES Top Pick Award from Tech Advisor for the Mi Mix smartphone.

Eli Zero, CESSilicon Dragon interviewed Marcus Li, the founder of Eli Zero, a new model of electric vehicle he’s designed and is launching in the U.S. and Europe, THEN China, although his startup is based in Beijing. Marcus is an architect by training and this is his first startup and his first CES. It helps to have backing from two strategic partners – auto and golf manufacturers. No wonder his vehicle resembles a ‘golfcar.’

CES, FBI Warning to tech copycats – the FBI is in Vegas at CES.





China has opened the way for foreign asset managers to begin launching private investment funds in the country through local subsidiaries. The move to deregulate its private fund market removes a key technical hurdle for foreign institutions to set up onshore funds.

As Trump inauguration nears, U.S. chip industry lays out concerns about Chinese rivals, reports VentureBeat.

air hazardThousands of people called smog refugees are fleeing a dangerous “airpocalypse” in Chinese cities as a haze descends over China’s industrial north. Beijing and more than 50 Chinese cities were under alert for dangerous conditions. The Asian editor of Foreign Policy recounts a smog-filled New Year’s Eve in Beijing and tells what it’s like to live where it’s not safe to breathe.

A new report from an Alibaba research group gives a glimpse of the future through the lens of the digital economy. Three major trends will shape this emerging economy over the next couple of decades: the end of corporate commerce and move to digital trading, finance and logistics platforms, the end of the 8-hour work day and shift to self employment and the end of centralized commerce and transition to small business and individual owners. A related report from the Boston Consulting Group predicts China’s digital economy will grow to $16 trillion by 2035, up from $1.4 trillion and reaching nearly half of the wider economy.

A History of Innovation in China: The Four Ages of Chinese Entrepreneurs (1970-2016), by business consultant Martin Pasquier.