Rockets and Robots: Hardware renaissance sweeps Silicon Valley

From drones to smart jewellery, a growing wave of do-it-yourselfers are making hardware hot again.

In the shadow of internet monoliths such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, it's easy to forget that Silicon Valley got its start from hard-scrabble tinkerers building radios, microchips and other devices.

Now, a proliferation of high-tech but affordable manufacturing tools and new sources of funding are empowering a generation of handy entrepreneurs and laying the foundation for a hardware renaissance.

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