Categories

Archive for the ‘Shenzhen’ Category

CHINA STUFF: Email that works…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Working from China is a constant reminder that the location of internet services is super important. North America and Europe are just a few internet hops from our servers in Hetzner's carbon neutral, green energy data center in Germany. From China, however, we're often routed out through Beijing to San...

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Shenzhen, site | 12 Comments »

HOW-TO: Shipping stuff from China cheap?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Tyler writes: What method do you use to ship from China? I am trying to ship 8kg of PLA from a manufacturer in China. I want to figure out how much sea shipping (the cheapest method) would be, but no one is really able to give me a legit answer...

Tags: , ,
Posted in Shenzhen, Shipping | 16 Comments »

Trolling venture capital and the death of Hacker Camp Shenzhen

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The sixth and final Hacker Camp Shenzhen begins in a few days. We'll do the typical tours, market shopping, factory visits, and lots of eating and drinking. There are around 30 purchased tickets, and another dozen repeat campers and locals coming along to help. Hacker Camp has been amazing because...

Tags: ,
Posted in Hacker Camp Shenzhen, Shenzhen | 27 Comments »

HOW TO: Chinese Driver’s License

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

China has huge factories, but there's also thousands of tiny factories hidden away on back streets and in garages. During production of The Expressway we had a lot of down time waiting for molds to heat so we explored the neighborhood. On one tiny road there was a compression molding...

Tags: ,
Posted in Shenzhen | 19 Comments »

Harmony t-shirt #1: Make a packing tape handle

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

In Chinese markets it’s super common to carry boxes with an improvised packing tape handle. It’s a simple idea: make four or five tape loops over the top of the box and then crush them together into a handle. Bunnie's new Huaqiangbei adventure kit even includes ‘please make a tape...

Tags:
Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 5 Comments »

HOW TO: Chinese work permit and residency visa

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

First we started a Chinese company, then we got a bank account and import export permit. The last major thing is a work permit and residency visa. Americans, Canadians, and soon Australians, all get an automatic 10 year multiple entry visas for China. It's quite common for foreigners to post...

Tags: , , ,
Posted in #liveupdates, Chinese Company, Shenzhen | 3 Comments »

HOW TO: Shenzhen Spring Festival/Chinese New Year

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

By 2016 most hackers have some idea that China shuts down for a month every year. If not, learn it: from some time in January to some time in February the world's largest country and manufacturing capital, one of the biggest economies, closes shop. Nothing is made or shipped. While...

Tags: ,
Posted in Shenzhen | 5 Comments »

HOW TO: China import/export permit and company bank

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Last week we described the painful process of opening a Chinese company. That was actually the fast and easy part. There's still a pile of paperwork and months of waiting ahead. This week we look at the proper, and improper, ways to export from China. A Chinese import export permit...

Tags: ,
Posted in #liveupdates, Chinese Company, Shenzhen | 3 Comments »

HOW TO: Start a Chinese Company

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

While Shenzhen is becoming “Hollywood for Makers”, and not always in a good way, there don't seem to be a lot of foreign open hardware/maker/start-up/accelerated/innovated/incubated people starting Chinese companies. As far as we know, we are the first foreign owned open hardware centric Chinese company in Shenzhen. With everything going...

Tags: , ,
Posted in #liveupdates, Chinese Company, Shenzhen | 25 Comments »

DP 2016: Live from China!

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Today Dangerous Prototypes is a legal Chinese company! 100% legit with import/export license, work permits, visas, and an office in Huaqiangbei (the world's largest electronics market). It is likely the only Open Hardware centric WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) in Shenzhen, and perhaps China. It took over a year to...

Tags: ,
Posted in #liveupdates, Chinese Company, Shenzhen | 21 Comments »

Hong Kong/China dual number data SIMs with quality internet

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Cross boarder SIM cards from China Mobile and China Unicom promise a single SIM that works in Hong Kong and China. Mobile data networks exit at the SIM card home location, so that means Hong Kong internet while in China. These SIMs are sold by two of China's biggest state...

Tags: , ,
Posted in Shenzhen | 6 Comments »

Silicone compression molding factory

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

In this video Dangerous Prototypes and Pax Instruments visit a silicone molding factory in Shenzhen, China: We recently visited a silicone compression molding factory with our friends at Dangerous Prototypes. This is the same technology used for making our silicone keypads for the T400 temperature datalogger. I put together a...

Tags: ,
Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 9 Comments »

American a pillar of Shenzhen maker culture

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Tully Gehan's home is a maker’s space. The three-room Bao’an district apartment looks more like a factory than a living space. There is a wall of blue boxes filled with electronics, dozens of paper cups with screws and bolts, and a laser-cutting machine in the corner. Gehan, 41, from America,...

Tags: ,
Posted in Shenzhen | 1 Comment »

Touring in Shenzhen series from Alden

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Alden over at TenMileSquare posted the next Shenzhen blog post in the series.  This second post of a series discussed about Shenzhen as an Electronics Ecosystem: In our previous post we talked about the markets of Shenzhen. But the markets are just the most visible part of the Shenzhen electronics ecosystem. Other...

Tags: ,
Posted in Hacker Camp Shenzhen, Shenzhen | 4 Comments »

Hacker in residence March, 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The slow lazy days of Chinese Spring Festival are behind us. Markets are open and BBQ place is back, but our hacker supply is at the lowest level in recent memory. Jelmer is back in the Netherlands raising money to manufacture his project, and Charles of PAX Instruments is in...

Tags:
Posted in Hacker Camp Shenzhen, Shenzhen | 4 Comments »

On the first day of Taobao Christmas

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Taobao, the Chinese shopping site that combines eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba, recently got a lot easier for foreigners to use. As Sjaak documented in his Taobao buying adventures a few years ago, most foreigners use an agency that takes payment via Paypal, purchases your babies, and forwards them to you...

Tags: , , ,
Posted in #liveupdates, Shenzhen, What did you buy? | 18 Comments »

Hackers in Shenzhen: Pooya from Iran

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Pooya from Iran talks about his experience in Shenzhen, China. There's more and more hackers visiting Shenzhen to check out the world's largest electronics market and manufacturing ecosystem. This semi-regular series asks who they are and what they found.

Tags: ,
Posted in interviews, Shenzhen | 3 Comments »

Hackers in Shenzhen: Darshan from India

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Darshan from India talks about his experience in Shenzhen, China. There's more and more hackers visiting Shenzhen to check out the world's largest electronics market and manufacturing ecosystem. This semi-regular series asks who they are and what they found.

Tags: ,
Posted in interviews, Shenzhen | 4 Comments »

Hackers in Shenzhen: Trev from UK

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Trev from the UK talks about his experience in Shenzhen, China. There's more and more hackers visiting Shenzhen to check out the world's largest electronics market and manufacturing ecosystem. This semi-regular series asks who they are and what they found.

Tags: ,
Posted in interviews, Shenzhen | 28 Comments »

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 3: Reflow open for registration

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 3: "Reflow" is on! Join us from Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6, 2014 for fun, food and 3 solid days of market tours in Shenzhen China and beyond. Tickets are available now. Come to the world's electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local...

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Global Geek, Hacker Camp Shenzhen, Shenzhen | 2 Comments »

Next Page »

Recent Comments

  • Siddharth: Grate
  • jeanmarc78: hello
  • KH: So I guess, don't mind us dinosaurs too much. Someone like me will get triggered by some of the things Arduino folks do. There's just...
  • Max: I wouldn't begin to argue educational aspects, that is not my field and various approaches are just too... arguable. I do have to say however...
  • samuel: have a nice week everyone