In China’s Silicon Valley, COVID curbs pinch hardware startups

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By David Kirton SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – From an office in Shenzhen’s sprawling electronics district, an engineering team is prototyping a bioreactor that will one day produce “cultivated meat”, discussing component sizes in a video call with scientists sitting in kitchens and bedrooms in the UK. It’s a complicated conversation about precision parts that would ordinarily need a hands-on meeting in Shenzhen, the hardware centre of the world where product makers can buy and tinker with any gear they need. Hax, the firm backing the bioreactor, invests in more than 30 such hardware startups fro…

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