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How to Develop a Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) Product

Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10 (quite technical)

In this article, which was published by Make: Magazine, I explain how to develop a new product that incorporates Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) technology, also called Bluetooth Smart. If you plan to sell a new electronic product that uses BLE then you definitely want to read this article.

Bluetooth Low-Energy is the most simple wireless functionality that you can implement in a new product. It also happens to probably be the lowest cost option for wireless functionality.

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How to Fund Your Electronic Hardware Startup

Article Technical Rating: 0 out of 10

It’s an expensive process developing and marketing a new physical product, especially if your product is complex.

Unless you have tens of thousands of dollars that you can throw into it, you’re most likely going to need to get creative when it comes to funding your new startup.


Funding Development

Unless you’re an engineer, you’ll need to outsource most of the development to an experienced engineer, or two.  That being said, it’s always best if you can take your product’s development as far as possible on your own.  If you’re not technical, then you should probably find someone technical to be your co-founder!

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Hardware Startups – 4 Ways to Reduce Risk

This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com.

Article Technical Rating: 1 out of 10

Bringing a new hardware product to market is definitely not for those adverse to taking risk. Regardless of how “perfect” your product may be, or how sure you are it will be a runaway success, you should always strive to minimize your risk.

Although you can’t eliminate all of the risks, fortunately there are ways to reduce them. In most cases, minimizing risk means reducing the investment required and/or increasing your chance of success.

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Launching a New Electronic Hardware Product – Overcome Your 4 Biggest Obstacles

Getting a new product on the market, especially a electronic product, is a huge undertaking with enormous obstacles between you and success.  Everything from developing the product to setting up manufacturing and finding customers can result in a bumpy road.

For my hardware startup it took me years to surpass these obstacles – but I learned a lot throughout the process.

To overcome these challenges, you need to be creative, adaptable and absolutely focused.

Here are the most common obstacles and how to get past them:

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Developing a New Wireless Hardware Product? – Here’s Your Most Important Decision

Article Technical Rating: 9 out of 10

When developing a new wireless product there is one decision that matters most.  This decision not only affects technical specifications like transmission range, battery life, signal quality and product size, but it also dictates where you can even sell the product.

This priority one decision that you must make as early as possible is the selection of the carrier frequency.  This is the frequency of the signal that is used to “carry” the data from one device to another.  Granted an electrical engineer will be needed for this process, but any entrepreneur or startup developing a wireless product should also understand the process at a high level.

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How a Radio-Controlled Car Works

Article Technical Rating: 10 out of 10

I recently bought my son his first radio-controlled car. Playing with it reminded me how as a young child I loved to get radio-controlled toys so I could tear them open to figure out how they worked. The magic of the electronics is what fascinated me. It was this early curiosity that helped drive me toward a career in electronics engineering and helping entrepreneurs develop new electronic products.

Unfortunately, I never figured out the details of how one worked. Once I began the serious study of electronics other areas captured my interest. So I decided to take apart my son’s new car to finally see how one worked.

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5 Reasons Why Turnkey Product Development is a Bad Idea

Article Technical Rating: 1 out of 10

As an entrepreneur, or small company, I know it’s tempting to hire a turnkey product design firm to completely develop your new product from start to finish. The less technical you are the more this is probably true.

Some of you may be thinking: “I’m not an engineer. I just want to hire someone to take my idea and turn it into a finished product. They can just wake me up when they have it done.”

But that type of thinking is a big mistake for various reasons including:

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