When you are you going to be the world's no1 economy , then they start paying close attention to you. This was an article from the recent CES show ( largest consumer electronic show in the world) held in Las Vegas ( funny side note: the Porn / adult entertainment awards are also held in Las Vegas during the same days- but of course in separate location)
Amid global fascination with China's emergence as a world market force, it remains to be seen whether the country's feverish pursuit of a new era of economic growth -- one in which homegrown innovation complements its robust manufacturing base -- will pay off. While the Chinese government pours resources into education, sinks billions into research and sets ambitious patent goals, the nation so far has yet to develop a stable of truly global consumer-technology brands.
Cultivating the next Apple, Motorola or Samsung is, however, a national priority. China is determined to increase its annual number of patent filings from approximately 280,000 in 2009 to 2 million by 2015, a target the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has called "mind-blowing." The world's most populous country already has the manpower to build, code and conceive the next phase of its ascent: Chinese universities award hundreds of thousands of engineering degrees every year.
So far how along are they in their mission to create game-changing phones, cameras and other gizmos that consumers worldwide will ask for by name?
Last week's Consumer Electronics Show, the world's largest showcase for the newest, most advanced gadgets, offered an opportunity to check in on China's burgeoning consumer-tech industry. From the looks of it, the country still has far to go: the products exhibited by the Chinese companies in attendance were more imitative than innovative, reflecting the still-nascent character of China's idea engine.
While behemoths like Verizon and Sony had an army of booth babes and PR flacks to show off never-before-seen 4G smartphones and glasses-free 3D televisions, the Chinese brands offered up more pedestrian products. Aside from a handful of more established names, such as Lenovo and Haier, the 224 booths belonging to Chinese exhibitors belonged mostly to parts suppliers and accessory makers.
There were heated mousepads and cushioned computer cases, iPad piano attachments and iPhone charging docks, bendable keyboards and diamond-encrusted headphones. A woman at the Shenzhen Boge Technology booth puffed electronic cigarettes. Some displays stood empty even among the throngs, their rows of transistors, cabling, plugs, batteries and bulbs attracting few passerby.
Though many of these companies were peddling crucial components on which major manufacturers rely to produce their goods, overall China's wares still fell short of the sexy, pioneering technology others at the expo had to offer. Even as they supply commodity products and parts in high volumes, in terms of brand recognition and intellectual property, China's consumer-technology players are still small. They remain the sugar and flour to Samsung's and Sony's soufflés.
It is telling that not a single Chinese company was honored with one of technology-news website CNET's "Best of CES" awards.