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Electronic Hardware Startups: How to Save Money and Reduce Risk

Article Technical Rating: 7 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 risk and cost.

Of course, nothing is ever free and even reducing your risk and lowering development costs has a price. That price is usually either a longer development time, or a higher unit cost. A higher unit cost means lower profits. Obviously profit is hugely important, but not when you’re first getting started.

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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.

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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