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The Costs to Develop, Scale, and Manufacture a New Electronic Hardware Product

Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10

Most entrepreneurs drastically underestimate all of the costs required to develop, scale and manufacture a new electronic hardware product. This is one of the main reasons so many hardware startups ultimately fail.

So in this article I’m going to cover each and every cost to take your product from concept to market.

The total cost to develop, scale and manufacture a new electronic product varies widely. For extremely complex products the total costs may reach millions of dollars. The original iPhone is said to have cost Apple about $150 million to develop! Thankfully, most products aren’t nearly this complex or expensive to develop.

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The Ultimate Guide – How to Develop a New Electronic Hardware Product

Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10

So you want to develop a new electronic hardware product? If so, you’re in the right place.

Let me start with the good news – it’s possible! This is true regardless of your technical level and you don’t have to be an engineer to develop a new product (although it certainly helps).

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, maker, inventor, start-up, or small company this guide will help you understand the development process!

However, I won’t lie to you. It’s a long, difficult journey (nothing great in life is ever easy). In order to succeed you have to learn a whole lot about new product development. It’s also not exactly a cheap goal to develop and launch a new hardware product. To succeed you must know all of your costs. This includes the costs to develop the product, to scale it, and finally the cost to actually make it. For more on this topic be sure to read my article The Costs to Develop, Scale, and Manufacture a New Electronic Hardware Product)

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Home Automation with an Arduino – A Basic Tutorial

Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

From controlling the room lights with your smartphone to scheduling events to occur automatically, home automation has taken convenience to a whole new level. Instead of using mechanical switches, you can now conveniently control all the devices in your home from your fingertips.

However, that comfort comes with a rather expensive price tag.

For instance, a normal LED bulb costs $1-$2.  The Philips Hue smart home kit is available for $130 with each bulb costing $30.  Wemo Smart plugs that allow any electrical device to be controlled from your smartphone start at $30.

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Linear and Switching Voltage Regulators – An Introduction

Voltage regulators are an essential part of most electronic hardware products. The function of a voltage regulator is to provide a stable voltage on the output of the regulator while the input voltage can be variable.

Voltage regulators can be generally classified as linear or switching.

Linear Regulators

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Linear regulators can be thought of as variable resistance devices, where the internal resistance is varied in order to maintain a constant output voltage. In reality, the variable resistance is provided by means of a transistor controlled by an amplifier feedback loop.

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