Technical Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 10
It is absolutely critical that you hire the right engineer(s) to help develop your product. This is one of the most important decisions you will make. Hiring the wrong engineers will cost you … read more
If you are a regular reader of my blog you may already know that several years ago, I brought my own product to market, selling it in hundreds of retail locations in multiple countries.
Much of the progress I was … read more
Technical Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 10
About six years ago I brought my own hardware product to market (a consumer lighting device). Eventually my product was sold in a few hundred retail stores in three different countries.
During this … read more
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.
Having a final prototype version … read more
Technical Difficulty Rating: 5 out of 10
Developing a new electronic hardware product is of course no trivial task. It requires significant engineering across a variety of disciplines to develop a commercially viable product.
Development costs are the first big … read more
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
Hi. I’m Steve August, Founder and CEO of August & Wonder. I’ve just launched my first hardware product, a unique product called The Market.
My story of bringing this hardware product to life provides a real world perspective from an … read more
One of the common questions entrepreneurs ask me is, “Where is the best place to develop and/or manufacture my product“? That’s what we’re going to discuss in detail in this article.
First, I’m going to split this question into two … read more
Hardware startups and makers can use all the help they can get. It can be difficult, however, to find resources for developing a physical hardware product (as opposed to software).
So to help you out I’ve put together a list … read more
You need to see the forest for the trees, don’t get lost in the weeds, don’t drown in the details, take a bird’s-eye view, focus on the big picture.
These idioms all convey the same meaning, and there’s a good … read more
Article Technical Rating: 0 out of 10
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!
How did he do it? By never … read more
If you read this blog regularly you already know I’m passionate about electronics, product development, and entrepreneurship.
But those interests are no surprise for an engineer/entrepreneur. So I thought it might be fun to share some more surprising things about … read more
Let’s have some fun and dream big, and I mean astronomically big!
Is your goal to develop a new product, get it to market, and then sit back and watch the money roll in?
And I don’t mean just making … read more
Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10
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
Should you worry about someone stealing your idea? The simple answer is no, not really.
The most common myth believed by new entrepreneurs is that someone may steal their amazing idea if they don’t keep it secret.
The problem with … read more
Developing and launching a new hardware product is expensive. It’s also incredibly risky. Fortunately, there is a way to help solve both of these problems: crowdfunding.
Most hardware startups know about crowdfunding, but how do you make it a success? … 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.
In most cases a POC … read more
One of the most popular questions I get is how long does it take to bring a new hardware product to market.
The simple answer is: a long time. The more accurate answer depends on many variables, including:Variable #1… read more
You must remember that the true value is in the execution of an idea, and not just the idea alone. This is why no one steals product ideas, instead they wait and “steal” successful, proven products.
This means that to … read more
Article Technical Rating: 3 out of 10
Are product developers in the U.S. better than those in other countries? The simple answer is no. When I was a design engineer for Texas Instruments, about half of the engineers I worked … read more
Define your product, design it, then manufacture it. Right? Well, not exactly. Although, this is the process most entrepreneurs follow, it’s not the process you should follow.
Before you jump head first into fully designing your product you really need … read more
Article Technical Rating: 4 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 your costs and … 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.
Support for the chosen platform is … read more
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
If your new electronic product requires a display, then it is essential that you select the right type of display.
Your choice of a display directly impacts your product’s user experience simply by being one of its most visible aspects. … read more
In this second part on battery chargers we’re going to be looking at the BQ24092 and the BQ24703 chargers from Texas Instruments.
If you are not familiar with lithium battery chargers I highly recommend you first read part 1 where … read more
One of the most common types of electronic circuits used in modern portable electronic products are battery chargers, specifically those for recharging lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries.
This two-part series will review three common battery chargers.
Part 1 reviews the Microchip … read more
Probably more than 90% of products require a voltage regulator of some kind, making them one of the most commonly used electrical components.
Unless you’re able to run everything directly off battery voltage or an external AC/DC adapter voltage, a … read more
Technical Difficulty Rating: 7 out of 10
This is a guest post by Roberto Weiser of Developpa.io.
If you are designing an electronic product, chances are that it will have a microcontroller (MCU) embedded into it.
In order to control, … read more
To have a solid chance at getting your new product developed and on the market, you need to simplify your product as much as possible.
If you try instead to develop your ideal product, including every possible useful feature, then … read more
Technical Difficulty Rating: 7 out of 10
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
The STM32 line of 32-bit microcontrollers from ST Microelectronics is one of the most popular choices for use in commercial products.
The STM32 line is quite expansive with numerous combinations of performance, peripherals, power, memory, and packages available. In this … read more
Arduino and Raspberry Pi are open-source development boards. This means that all details of their designs are publicly available to you.
For example, you can download for free the mechanical drawings, schematic diagram, BOM, PCB layout, software, etc. for both … 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. … read more
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
Technical Difficulty Rating: 6 out of 10
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
Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10
This is a guest post by Roberto Weiser of Developpa.io.
What does a practical, hands-on product developer or maker dislike the most? In my experience, I would say spending time writing documentation instead … read more
Electronic sensors can detect everything from light to distance to acceleration. Sensors are how a product senses anything in the real-world, and there is an almost endless array of them available.
Sensors measure real-world quantities, which are then converted into … 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. … read more
Written by Crawford Leeds of Cocoa Electronics
Creating an IoT product is more expensive and risky than creating a non-IoT counterpart. IoT products have the potential to reap a large ROI by adding value to your business and customers.
This … read more
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.
In … read more
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to design your own custom microcontroller board.
I’ll break down the design process into three fundamental steps:
STEP 1 – System Design
STEP 2 – Schematic Circuit Design
STEP 3 – PCB Layout Design… read more
Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10
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).
As the name … read more