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The Internet of Things (IoT) has gotten off to a strong start this year with several technology stalwarts throwing weight behind the fledgling sector.

A week after Intel unveiled a slew of initiatives targeted at IoT and wearable technologies, Google announced that it is paying $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs Inc., a Palo Alto-based maker of smart home thermostats and smoke alarms.

Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller–and the recently launched Protect (Smoke + CO Alarm) has had rave reviews, Google said in a press release.



Made by an original design manufacturer (ODM) from Taiwan that also builds consumer electronics for well-known technology brands, the Nest thermostat is a poster product of a high quality IoT device built by Taiwan’s strong high-tech manufacturing prowess.

Home to the world’s largest and most important computer hardware makers, Taiwan has been a global powerhouse for the electronics industry since the technology fueled boom of the 1980s.

Over 90% of the world’s notebooks are built by Taiwanese contract manufacturers, which names are typically not known to consumers. Quanta, for example, is a name that most consumers would not recognize, but the major ODM produces consumer electronics for many of the world’s top technology brands, including Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba and LG.

By focusing on developing complete supply chains and unrivaled manufacturing capabilities, while leaving product development, along with marketing and sales, to their customers, these Taiwanese contract manufacturers have managed to maintain a strong edge in manufacturing high quality consumer electronics.

Find out which ODMs can help to bring your hardware dreams to life:

Alex Parr contributed to this story.

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