Cool article 1: Chinese Shanzhai - Copycat barons or entrepreneurs on the edge?

March 19th, 2009

The first cool article is from Bunnie’s Blog. The Shanzhai are innovators in China, but the opinions about the differ. Dismissed by some as cheap copycat knockoffs, and praised by some as entrepreneurs on the edge filling a gap in the market that the big companies can’t fill. A report, quoted by Bunnie, says that the Shanzhai are producing not only straight copies, but customized models of the big companies’ products, like a cell phone with a UV light for verification of bank notes or a camera phone with a replaceable zoom lens.
Call it the mashup culture of electronic mnufacturing if you will.

An interesting read for anyone interested in electronics: Tech Trend: Shanzhai

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