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World’s smallest smart socket and the only one offering the “shaking method” – shake smartphone to switch appliances on/off. Uses the latest Qualcomm technology. Detects local temperature, humidity, with the app automatically switching on/off appliances on these readings. At RMB 119, inPlug is possibly also the world’s cheapest.

Smart pet-sitting robot that distinguishes between cats and dogs, and their different needs. Lets owner monitor pet, communicate via video; other functions include feeding, playing (device has sensors, emits red laser beam), mess-cleaning and ball-picking with its mechanical arm. Comes with app; retails at RMB 1,688 in China, US$399 overseas.

Sherpa’s Spanish-language PDA is based on NLP and machine-learning technologies. The PDA is offered as a brand-name product (previously preloaded on Samsung smartphones) and more recently, as a white-label product in the form of an independent cloud-based platform that embeds, connects the PDA to smart consumer appliances and cars. 

AISpeech specializes in speech recognition, speech synthesis, semantic understanding, voiceprint recognition, dialogue management and audio analysis. It provides voice interaction solutions for smart vehicles, smart home appliances and robots. AISpeech offers a voice input app and a Dialogue User Interface (DUI) open platform for developers to customize voice recognition products.

UBTECH develops and produces humanoid robots for individual consumers and businesses. Its humanoid Alpha series and STEAM-driven Jimu Robot series were created for in-home use. Service robot Cruzr, portable smart robot Wu Kong and security patrol robot ATRIS were all designed to be used by businesses.

Mobvoi sells products, including smart watches, headsets, smart speakers and smart rear view mirrors, most of which are based on the startup's voice recognition technologies. In addition to consumer products, Mobvoi also provides businesses with voice interaction solutions such as chatbots and AI voice chips.

Smart toilets that can monitor users' daily health by testing their urine and generating a test report that can be read on a mobile app. The report contains over 10 indicators including pH value and urine protein. Abnormal results will be highlighted to remind the user of health risks.

HomeRun currently sells four types of products: mobile doughnut-shaped cat toys, smart water dispensers and smart food dispensers for cats and dogs. Pet owners can control the feeding for their pets via an app when away from home. 

As the Korean conglomerate’s gateway to deep tech startups and innovation, Samsung NEXT covers product development, investment, M&A and partnerships in a single entity to complement Samsung’s hardware business. Outside of South Korea, Samsung NEXT has offices in Berlin, Tel Aviv and in the US in New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Its portfolio currently includes 55 companies with recent investments including in Series A rounds for Tetrate, Brodmann17 and RapidDeploy, as well as Healthy.io's Series B. It has managed 13 exits to date, including LoopPay, Automated Insights and EyeVerify. The VC was established in 2013. 

Founded in 2014, EVERVC is a platform for startups and investors to seek financing and investing opportunities. As of 4Q2015, EVERVC had helped 170 startups to get investment of over RMB 900 million. It has invested in 40 startups, about 16 of which have received follow-up investment from prominent investors such as Matrix Partners China, NewMargin Capital, JD.com and Zhonglu VC.

Changce Investment was established in Guangzhou in May 2015. With more than RMB 1 billion under management, the firm invests mainly in unlisted high-growth companies in the IoT sector.

Established in Shanghai in 2011, PreAngel Fund has set up six funds with a total of RMB 600 million in assets under management. So far, the firm has invested RMB 300 million in over 300 Chinese and American tech companies in the fields of mobile internet, hardware, healthcare, finance, insurance, e-commerce, sports, among others.

Lei is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, one of the world’s largest smartphone companies. Born in December 1969, he holds a degree in Engineering from Wuhan University. With a personal net worth of US$11.2 billion, Lei has invested in 33 companies as a business angel, including Vancl.com, UCWeb, and YY Inc., a live streaming social media platform in China. He has also invested in 270 companies through Shunwei Capital, where he is a founding partner. Lei's investment focuses are e-commerce, mobile internet and social networking.

Established in Shenzhen in 2007, Share Capital has invested in over 100 companies. Some of its portfolio companies – e.g., NavInfo, Perfect World and BGI – have gone public. Its investment team of nearly 50 members manages more than RMB 6 billion worth of assets. Share Capital has set up a healthcare fund of RMB 1.5 billion and invested in over 70 health-related projects.

Founded in 1992 in Shanghai, Red Star Macalline is China's largest furniture retailer.  By the end of 2017, it had built up a network of 256 shopping malls, offering home furnishings of about 20,000  brands across 177 cities in China. The company also engages in interior design and renovation. The company has been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in June 2015 and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in January 2018, making it the first Chinese home furnishing company listed on both exchanges.

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