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12 Requirements to Succeed with a Hardware Startup

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You need a wide variety of skills in order to build a successful hardware startup.

Engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales – they are all required skills. But they can also be outsourced (although marketing is usually best done by the founders). … read more

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Why You Need to Stop Over-Focusing on Your Product

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It all starts with an idea. Many hardware entrepreneurs then spend months (or even years) specifying and mentally analyzing their product.

Once their product vision is solidified their next step is to protect their hypothetical product. So now they spend … read more

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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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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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