7 Ways Hardware is Easier Today Than Ever

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Although hardware is known for being “hard” for good reason, it has never been easier to turn an idea in your head into a real-world product ready for sale.

Don’t get me wrong, hardware is still hard, in fact any new business venture is hard. But it’s so much easier today than in the past to introduce a new hardware product to the world. READ MORE...

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How to Hire the Best Engineers to Develop Your New Product

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As a designer for Texas Instruments, and through Predictable Designs, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the smartest engineers in the world.

I’ve worked with or hired people from India, China, Russia, the U.K., Germany, Mexico, Malaysia, Canada and others. So, don’t discount a potential engineer because of the country they work in. Don’t assume that hiring a developer overseas is always too risky. READ MORE...

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How Much Should You Charge for Your New Product?

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Choosing your product’s optimal price is an extremely important decision that should be made as soon as possible. In general, if your product is priced too high then it won’t sell well. If your product is priced too low, you won’t be able to make a decent profit. READ MORE...

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The Industrial Designer’s Role in Developing New Products

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This is a guest post by industrial designer Christian Theill.

The design of electronic devices almost always requires a multitude of professional skills: electronics, mechanics, production techniques, aesthetics, ergonomics, finance, commerce, communication, marketing and others. The conscious coordination of these disciplines is vital for the success of your project. READ MORE...

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What Path Should a Techie Follow to Bring a New Product to Market?

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I’m going to start with a story about an engineer named Gary.

Like many engineers and makers, as a child Gary always loved playing with electronics and computers, so it was no surprise that he ended up with an electrical engineering degree. He spent his free time as a teenager tinkering around with circuit boards and building odd ball things like a dial joke machine. READ MORE...

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12 Tips to Save Money Getting Your Hardware Product to Market

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Developing a new electronic product is never cheap, but in this article I’m going to share with you 12 tips to significantly lower your costs.

Minimizing your costs is even more important in the early stages of development. Goal number one should be getting your product to market as quickly and cheaply as possible. READ MORE...

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8 Essential Tips for Hardware Startup Success

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It’s a long, rough, expensive journey to take a hardware product from idea to market. That journey becomes even longer, rougher, and more expensive when you end up taking the wrong path.

So I want to share eight tips with you that will speed up your journey and make it a bit easier and less expensive too. These tips will help keep you on the right path to success. READ MORE...

12 Ways to Fund Your Hardware Startup

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The odds are you are going to need some sort of outside funding at some point in order to get your product to market. If you are lucky enough to get your product to market without outside funding, you will surely require it to grow your company. READ MORE...

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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 product to market. No matter how advanced computer-aided-design has become any new product will require multiple prototype iterations. 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 market and sell the product. 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 validate the product idea. READ MORE...

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Tips for Hiring Engineers: Freelancers, Firms or In-house

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When starting a new product business, you’ll likely need to hire engineers.

Unless you happen to be a jack of all trades who can do electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software development, or if you’re lucky enough to have a co-founder team with all of these skills, you’re going to have to bring on outside engineers. READ MORE...

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Datasheet Review: Entry-Level STM32 Cortex-M0 Microcontroller (Blog + Video)

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Technical Difficulty Rating: 7 out of 10

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 article and video I’ll be reviewing the datasheet for one of their entry-level models: the STM32F030. READ MORE...

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Teardown of an Amazon Echo Dot

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Technical Difficulty Rating: 6 out of 10

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. READ MORE...

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Introduction to Electronic Sensors

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Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

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. READ MORE...

Utilizing an IoT Platform for IoT Product Development

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Article Technical Rating: 5 out of 10

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. READ MORE...

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Introduction to MEMS and Applications in Strain Sensing

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Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

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 to inspect and discover a puncture. Now you are running late for work so you call an Uber. READ MORE...

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The SIM800 Cellular Module and Arduino: A Powerful IoT Combo

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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 the digital world are connected now more than ever. READ MORE...

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Case Study: Development of a Low-Cost Weather Forecast Solution for Farmers

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Article Technical Rating: 6 out of 10

The following article is a case study contributed by Joseph Ricafort. Joseph’s project was selected as the most innovative project for a recent Predictable Designs contest. Joseph is a Test Engineer based in the Philippines and builds electronics projects in his spare time. He wants to build small projects that provide big impacts to those in need. READ MORE...

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Introduction to Programming STM32 ARM Cortex-M 32-bit Microcontrollers

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Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

The STM32 family of microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics is based on the ARM Cortex-M 32-bit processor core.

The STM32 series are some of the most popular microcontrollers used in a wide variety of products. They also have an excellent support base from multiple microcontroller development forums. 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 fill in any gaps in your own skill set. Nonetheless, I believe that a basic understanding of electronics is still important for anyone bringing an electronic product to market. READ MORE...

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From Arduino Prototype to Manufacturable Product

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Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10

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 a lot of engineering work required to turn it into a product that can be manufactured and sold. 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 enclosure will be made of plastic. 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 a tiny battery for potentially years. Even better, it’s also relatively simple to implement and very affordable. READ MORE...