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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?

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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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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The Essential Guide on 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.

Don’t make the fatal mistake of underestimating the costs, or worse yet not estimating them at all, because in order to succeed to market it’s necessary to know your costs. Without knowing all of the costs you’ll either run out of money before your product is market-ready, or you’ll find yourself developing a product that can’t ever be manufactured profitably.

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How to Build a GSM Cellular Panic Alarm Using an Arduino

While security cameras do a decent job of passively monitoring background activities, they do little to deter intruders or prevent emergencies like fire, flood or theft. Of course, you can always call 9-1-1 in case an unfortunate event occurs, but shouldn’t security be more proactive, rather than being simply reactive?

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can build a proactive panic alarm system that can be triggered from a wireless remote (in case you’re home) or from your smartphone (if you’re outdoors). The system would send instant SMS alerts to the preconfigured mobile numbers in case of an emergency, and function normally even if the electrical or network cabling of your home is cut-off (since it runs on GSM network).

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How to Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into an Amazon Echo/Dot Using Alexa

Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

When Amazon launched its flagship product the Amazon Echo in 2015, it was nothing more than a voice-controlled speaker. But it’s been barely two years, and the intelligent voice assistant has already conquered the consumer electronics market. It has reached more than 5 million homes, and continues to be one of the most popular home automation gadgets.

While the widespread popularity of the device can largely be attributed to its intuitive voice processing capabilities, the fact that Amazon opened up its platform to collaborators for developing voice apps accelerated the early adoption. Alexa’s dominance was evident at CES 2017, where almost every concept design from consumer brands like Ford, Whirlpool and LG had a built-in Alexa integration.

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