Determining the right type of business structure for your startup is critical. It affects how much you pay in taxes, your ability to raise outside funding, the paperwork you need to file, and your personal liability.
Many entrepreneurs have so much confidence in their product idea, and are so sure that it will be a success, that they skip one of the most critical steps when bringing a product to market. That step is to first … read more
Hardware startups take a long time before they begin generating significant income. Because of this, most people find it necessary to keep their nine to five job to support themselves, their families, and their start-ups during the early years.
Invention promotion firms want one thing – your money. They don’t really care if your product is a success or not, because they are only focused on scamming you and taking your money. They have no interest in seeing your … read more
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.
Product developers spend a lot of time interacting with various tools which are vital to the development phase. Whether it’s software, a mobile app, or hardware you are developing, these tools are critical to the success of your project.
Developing the electronics, enclosure and software simultaneously is the ideal situation. Their development has to be staggered a bit, but there can be considerable overlap between these different parts of your product development.
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There are many steps required to bring a product to market, but ultimately, it all starts with the product idea itself. If you have the wrong product idea, then all the other steps, no matter how well you perform them, … read more
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.
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
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.
A few weeks ago I did a datasheet review for an entry-level 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller from ST Microelectronics (part # STM32F030). This time I’m going to be reviewing a significantly more advanced … read more
Deciding what type of wireless technology your new product should use can be an overwhelming task. Not only are there a huge number of wireless technologies currently available, but it’s also a moving target with new technologies regularly being introduced.
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One of the best ways to learn about product development is to examine existing products on the market. Doing so can be a real eye-opener in regards to seeing absolutely everything that is involved in developing a new market-ready product.
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In my previous article Introduction to Basic Electronics Circuits you were introduced to the simplest, most basic types of electronic circuits. This is a great place to begin the journey of learning electronics, but ultimately any real-world circuit will be … read more
In my previous article Introduction to Basic Electronics you learned all about the various electronic components. But to be of any real use electronic components have to be connected together to form electronic … read more
Selection of the power source for your product is one of the most important early decisions that you can make when developing a new hardware product. You have three choices at your disposal: rechargeable batteries, replaceable/disposal batteries, or AC power.
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On a beautiful sunny day, you are making your routine trip to your place of work. It’s just another day, besides the wonderful weather. Halfway through your commute, your dashboard lights up with a tire indicator light. You pull over … read more
When designing electronic circuits you will find yourself spending an enormous amount of time reviewing datasheets for all of the various electronic components. Learning how to read datasheets is a critical skill for anyone wanting to design electronic circuits.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a trending field in the world of technology. From consumer electronics to business and industrial processes, IoT has changed the way we work. Physical objects and … read more
Just about any new electronic product requires some sort of “brains”. The question though is what type of brains does your product really need? There are two choices: a microcontroller unit (MCU) or a microprocessor unit (MPU).