This cloud-equipped factory wants to be the go-to manufacturer for small hardware startups

When Jen McCabe moved to Shenzhen, China, to help startup Romotive manufacture its Romo robot, she discovered that production is not as simple as showing up to a factory with a product design. “When we went to China we thought that everything would be easier, … that manufacturing was kind of this solved issue,” McCabe said. “We didn’t realize that there are still so many issues with manufacturing overseas. There’s the time difference. There’s the cultural barrier. … There are huge costs that you just don’t account for.”

http://gigaom.com/2014/05/21/this-cloud-equipped-factory-wants-to-be-the-go-to-manufacturer-for-small-hardware-startups/