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?

Let me start with the good news – it’s possible! This is true regardless of your technical level and you don’t necessarily need 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 new product development process!

However, I won’t lie to you. It’s a long, difficult journey to launch a new hardware product (nothing great in life is ever easy). In order to succeed there is so much to learn.

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Understanding Certifications for Electronic Hardware Products

Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10

Most electronic products require multiple certifications in order to be sold. The certifications required depends on the product specifics and the countries in which it will be marketed.

The cost and time needed to obtain all of the certifications necessary for your product is one of the most overlooked steps to bringing a new hardware product to market.

Certifications may not be the most captivating subject, but to succeed it’s essential you understand the certifications required for your product.

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Review of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Solutions

 

Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) is definitely one of the most popular technologies for new electronic hardware products. There are good reasons.

BLE is an extremely low power wireless technology that can be powered from a tiny battery for potentially years. Even better, it’s also relatively simple to implement and very affordable.

There are two ways to incorporate wireless functionality, such as BLE, into a new product: either use a module or use a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution.

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Why You Should “Pre-Design” Your Product

Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

Define your product, design it, then manufacture it. Right? Well, not exactly. Although, this is the process most entrepreneurs follow, it’s not the process you should follow.

Before you jump head first into fully designing your product you really need to look at the big picture. This will allow you to answer many questions earlier than otherwise.

The best way to achieve this early insight is by inserting an intermediate step between defining your product and designing it. This intermediate step is a pre-design, or preliminary design.

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Introduction to Microcontrollers

Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

Almost every electronic product needs a “brain” of some sorts to control the various product functions. But what “brain” is best for your product?

Start by deciding if you need a microcontroller unit (MCU) or a microprocessor unit (MPU). Nearly all electronic products use one of these two types of processor chips, and some products use both.

Is your product complex with a need to process significant amounts of data? Does your product require an operating system such as Android or Linux? If so, then you probably need to use a microprocessor.

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10 Secret Tips for Hardware Startups to Save Money and Reduce Risk

Article Technical Rating: 4 out of 10

Bringing a new electronic product to market is generally difficult, risky, and expensive. To succeed, and make it to eventual profitability, you need to focus your early efforts on minimizing your costs and risk.

Your first goal should be to get your product to market as cheap as possible, as fast as possible, all while minimizing your risk. You have to think positive and have confidence in your product, but you should always strive to keep your investment as low as possible. 

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How to Prototype Your New Product

Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10

Prototyping your product is all about learning. Each time you create a prototype version you will, or should, learn something new. Start with the most simple, low cost way to prototype your product. Then, with each prototype iteration you should progress closer and closer to a production-quality prototype.

During the early stages of prototyping it will be best to separate your product into different types of prototypes, each with its own goal. The most common strategy is to separate the appearance and feel of your product from the functionality. These are called looks-like prototypes and works-like prototypes.

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The Definitive Guide to Pricing Your New Electronic Hardware Product

Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10

Setting the price for your new hardware product is one of your most important decisions. You need to get your pricing right as early as possible. If you mess this up it will be difficult to fix later. The pressure is on.

Pricing is a complex decision with many variables. In fact, there are entire books written on the subject of pricing. Ideally, pricing is something you should begin thinking about from day one while validating your product idea. If you set the price too low then you won’t make enough profit. If you set the price too high then your product won’t sell well.

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Why Hardware is Hard, But Easier Than Ever

Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10

Hardware is hard is so commonly said it has become a cliché. Yeah, you know it’s hard, but why exactly? In this article I will discuss this in detail.

Fortunately, there is good news too – developing and launching a new hardware product is easier now than it’s ever been. There have been many advancements in recent years that make it much more feasible for an entrepreneur to bring a new hardware product to market.

Throughout this article, I’ll also share with you various strategies for surpassing the obstacles in your path to market.

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13 Reasons Why Hardware Startups Fail (and How to Make Sure Yours Doesn’t)

Article Technical Rating: 4 out of 10

Most of us have learned something from our mistakes, but have you ever learned from the mistakes of others? Studying the failures of others can actually ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes they did.

When it comes to new hardware startups, there are so many possible mistakes to be made. There’s a reason behind the cliché “Hardware is hard!”. You would be wise to study in detail how other hardware startups have gone wrong.

Over the years I’ve worked with a lot of hardware entrepreneurs, and I’ve been one myself. I’ve also spent considerable time reviewing “autopsy reports” for hardware startup failures.

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