Scaling a physical product means taking it from a few prototypes all the way to mass manufacturing it. This is the most underestimated (or completely ignored) part of bringing a new hardware product to market.
This is the second part of a two-part series looking at developing a hypothetical tracking device that incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), GPS, an accelerometer, and a USB rechargeable lithium battery.
When deciding to develop a new hardware product you … read more
This is a two-part series where we’re going to look at developing a hypothetical tracking device that incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), GPS, an accelerometer, and a USB rechargeable lithium battery.
When you have a new product that you want … read more
Every electronic product basically consists of three parts: the electronics, the enclosure, and the package. In my experience most entrepreneurs focus on the development of the electronics, and to a lesser extent on … read more
Every entrepenuer dreams that their company will someday be bought for millions. Ring founder James Siminoff succeeded and then some, recently selling his company to Amazon for over a whopping one billion dollars!
Developing and bringing any new hardware product to market is no doubt difficult. This is true even for the simplest of products. Product development becomes significantly more challenging, and expensive, as the complexity … read more
As the name implies, the purpose of a Proof-of-Concept (POC) prototype is to prove your product concept. A POC answers if a product is feasible. Whereas, a standard prototype answers how to make your product.
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 your costs and … read more
Setting the price for your new hardware product is one of your most important decisions. You need to get your pricing right as early as possible. If you mess this up it will be difficult to fix later. The pressure … read more
Most makers or enthusiasts know what a boost or buck converter does, and have used them before. However, they typically just follow a canned approach to designing one without fully appreciating exactly what it is doing.
This article was written by Steven Szymeczek who is a mechanical engineer that specializes in product design for manufacturing. He is one of the many experts available to help you in the Hardware Academy.
Comparing ATmega and STM32 microcontrollers is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. At a very general level, they are both fruits, in this case they are both microcontrollers. To take things a bit further, there are many variants of … read more
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
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
Microcontrollers are great for implementing the smarts behind a given product. However, one thing that they cannot do is directly control anything other than, maybe, a single LED. That’s because the output drive of most microcontrollers can directly source or … read more
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.
If you are a maker or engineer planning to develop your own electronic product, then you’re going to need a way to test, program, and debug the electronics. In this article we will discuss how you can construct your very … read more
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.
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
Choosing a battery for a given application involves more than just knowing the application requirements. An understanding of the underlying technology of each battery type, its characteristics, limitations, and advantages, is required in order to select the right type of … read more