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Overview of the Various Types of Hardware Prototypes

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There are many types of prototypes that you will hear about when developing a new hardware product. Each stage of bringing your product to market has different prototype requirements.

Unfortunately, a single prototype is never sufficient for bringing a commercial … read more

What Business Structure is Best for a Hardware Startup?

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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.

Unfortunately, choosing the right … read more

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Market (and Sell) Your Product While You Develop It

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When bringing a new product to market, most entrepreneurs follow the same, orderly sequence.

First, they focus solely on product development. After that’s complete, they focus on manufacturing. Once the manufacturing is setup, they finally start thinking about how to … read more

How to Validate Your New Product Idea

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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An Introduction to Basic Electronics

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Many entrepreneurs launching a new electronic hardware product lack the engineering skills to design their own product. So they instead choose to outsource most, or all, of the development.

That’s of course fine, and outsourcing is a fantastic way to … read more

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From Arduino Prototype to Manufacturable Product

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Creating a prototype based on an Arduino (or Genuino outside the US) is an excellent start to bringing a new electronic hardware product to market.

The Arduino is an ideal platform for proving your product concept. However, there is still … read more

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Introduction to Injection Molding

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Pictorial of an injection molding machine (supplied courtesy of Rutland Plastics).

Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10

Unless your electronic product will be marketed solely to DIYers and electronics hobbyists it’s going to need an enclosure. Most likely this … read more

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Review of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Solutions

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Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) is definitely one of the most popular technologies for new electronic hardware products. There are good reasons.

BLE is an extremely low power wireless technology that can be powered from … read more

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Introduction to Microcontrollers

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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 … read more

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How to Prototype Your New Product

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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 … read more

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PCB Design Software – Which One is Best?

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Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10

There are numerous software packages available for designing printed circuit boards (PCBs), too many in fact. That being said, there are three PCB design packages that tend to be the most popular and … read more

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Home Automation with an Arduino – A Basic Tutorial

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Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

From controlling the room lights with your smartphone to scheduling events to occur automatically, home automation has taken convenience to a whole new level. Instead of using mechanical switches, you can now conveniently … read more

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

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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 read more

 

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