Is Your Product a Good Idea?

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This is a very difficult question, and one I’m always a bit hesitant to answer. But, let’s start by breaking down what it means for a product idea to be “good”.

To most entrepreneurs a good idea is obviously defined … read more

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Patent or Prototype: Which Should Come First?

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Which should you start with first, a patent or a prototype? The large majority of entrepreneurs start the process of bringing their product idea to market by either focusing on a patent or a prototype.

But should you really focus … read more


FAQ: Should I Manufacture My Product in China?

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For the majority of products, the simple answer is yes, at least eventually. But there are a lot of pros and cons to manufacturing in China which you need to fully understand in order to make the right decision.

The … read more


Top 10 Mistakes Made on Product Development

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Above image: Bridge in Minnesota which collapsed during rush hour traffic due to a design flaw.

Technical Difficulty Rating: 5 out of 10

There are a few mistakes that I frequently see when it comes to the development of electronic … read more


FAQ: Should I Patent My Product?

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Disclaimer: I’m an engineer and an entrepreneur, not a patent attorney so nothing I say should be construed as legal advice.

This is one of the most common questions for anyone with an idea for a new product. Whether or … read more


The Right Way to Bring a New Product to Market

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There is always a right way and wrong way to do something. When it comes to bringing a new product to market there are in fact many wrong ways to do it. Unfortunately the majority of entrepreneurs, startups, and inventors … read more


7 Strategies to Develop a New Product

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There are multiple ways for you to develop a new physical product and bring it to market. However, the strategy that is best for you depends on your specific experience, your product, your team, and your finances. There is no … read more


Introduction to the STM32CubeIDE for STM32 Microcontrollers

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This article is about using the STM32CubeIDE to develop applications for STM32 microcontrollers. Why develop an application using the STM32Cube IDE, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using this method?

The STM32CubeIDE is a complete development system to … read more


Introduction to Analog to Digital Converters (ADC)

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There are many different implementations of an Analog to Digital Converter, or ADC. This article provides an overview of the main types, their characteristics and limitations.

Almost all microcontrollers have built-in ADC’s. Even the small Arduinos, based on the AVR … read more


Introduction to the STM32 Blue Pill (STM32duino)

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If you are planning to use an Arduino module such as the Uno for your project, then you should consider an STM32duino instead.

Commonly referred to as the STM32 Blue Pill, this board has nearly all the capabilities of the … read more

Charging Methods for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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The battery type of choice for most electronic equipment running on batteries is the li-ion battery.

Of the other types that were used previously, NiCad batteries for use in electronic equipment have been banned in the EU, so the overall … read more

What’s Inside a Smartphone?

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Modern smartphones are marvels of technology, and it is really impressive how much technology is crammed into such a compact device. The product that the customer holds in their hands is certainly the result of many compromises made to satisfy … read more

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How to Add Audio Features to Your Embedded Product

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Embedded applications often need to reproduce sound. Whether you need simple prompts, chimes, rings or music clips, having the ability to reproduce pre-recorded audio can greatly enhance the UI (User Interface) of many embedded applications.

This article explores the ways … read more


A Practical Guide to Using an Oscilloscope

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An oscilloscope, frequently referred to in the trade as a scope, is an essential diagnostic tool used in any serious electronic circuit design activities.

A scope provides a time-stamped, running clip of a signal at the point of measurement. The … read more

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Introduction to Embedded Firmware Development

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An embedded system is a stand alone, intelligent system dedicated to running a set of tasks, or an application, from the moment it is powered on.

This is in contrast to the way an application is started on a desktop … read more

Introduction to Object Detection and Ranging Technologies

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There are numerous applications where detecting the presence or absence of an object is required. This article will explore the different methods of object detection, how they are implemented, and their major advantages and limitations.

Before getting in to the … read more

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Introduction to Developing Wearable Technology Devices

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Developing a wearable electronic product involves juggling design constraints and compromises in ways that are quite a bit different from a conventional non-wearable design.

In this article, I’m defining a wearable product as a body-worn device, with its own power … read more


How to Add Voice Recognition to Your New Hardware Device

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Thanks to Amazon, Google, and Apple, voice recognition has finally gone mainstream.

I’ve personally dreamed about intelligent voice recognition since I was a kid tinkering with electronics and programming my Commodore 64.

Listening to my son interact the other day … read more


Using Arduino as an Embedded Development Platform

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An Arduino, or more specifically an Arduino architecture, can be successfully used in some embedded designs. This can provide a less technically complex path to market for many makers.

However, the proliferation of Arduino and Arduino-compatible boards, each with its … read more

Advanced Guide on Interfacing with a Video Display

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The purpose of this article is to provide an understanding of what is needed to successfully provide a suitable display for your product. The focus will be on mainstream, or relatively recent, graphical video display systems, with historical references to … read more

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How to Select the Microcontroller for Your New Product

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Selecting the right microcontroller for a project involves juggling many factors. In addition to cost, performance, power consumption and overall size, the availability of the proper software and hardware tools is a prime consideration.

Support for the chosen platform is … read more

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Comparison of Memory Types Available for Your Product

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Every electronic system that has some kind of microcontroller, or microprocessor, needs to have some memory attached to it.

This memory holds the program that the processor executes. It also holds the data that the program requires, or produces. This … read more