A smart belt that adjusts with your waist. A new Walkman that costs $1,200 (yes, really). And an ATM that will pay cash for your old electronics. This year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had its usual share of headline-grabbing gadgets.
But perhaps the most eye-popping trend wasn't self-driving cars or 4K TVs: It was the record-breaking number of Chinese companies in attendance boasting their wares. The annual trade show had 871 tech firms from China, a 34 percent jump from 2012, when there were just 648 Chinese companies.
"There's more and more Chinese manufacturers coming to the show," said Gary Shu, a senior manager in the marketing development division at 3D printing company XYZ Printing, a subsidiary of XYZ Life. Like many of its Chinese tech peers at CES, XYZ, a company just 18 months old, is largely unknown to American consumers.
Many of these newcomers, however, are growing quickly, and are looking to disrupt or compete on turf recently or still dominated by more familiar names such as LG, Samsung, Sony and others. They also say they're getting some solid feedback from attendees.