12 Ways to Select the Best Product Idea to Bring to Market

Technical Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 10

There are many steps required to bring a product to market, but ultimately, it all starts with the product idea itself. If you have the wrong product idea, then all the other steps, no matter how well you perform them, won’t really matter.

I always say execution is where the true value is, but it still has to start with the product idea. It’s really critical that you select the very best product idea to bring to market.

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FAQ: Should I Manufacture My Product in China?

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 biggest advantage of manufacturing in China is of course lower costs. One of the main reasons that costs are lower in China is the low cost of labor.

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

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.

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FAQ: Can an Arduino or Raspberry Pi Be Used in a Commercial Product?

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 an Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

You are allowed to copy the design and use it as a starting point for your own custom design, but the resulting new design must also be classified as open source (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA).

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Top 10 Mistakes Made on Product Development

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 hardware products. Some of these mistakes are with the electronics design, some are with the enclosure design, and some of the mistakes are more general in nature.

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FAQ: Should I Patent My Product?

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 not you should you get a patent is a question with two likely answers depending on who you ask.

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10 Ways to Find Engineers to Develop Your New Product

Technical Difficulty Rating: 0 out of 10

Finding engineers to develop your product is not an easy task. It’s very challenging to find good engineers, and it can be even more difficult to judge the quality of those engineers. This is especially true if you are not an engineer yourself, because you likely don’t have the technical skills to judge the experience or work quality of other engineers.

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Product Development Teardown of an Amazon Echo Dot

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.

I’m going to tear down an Amazon Echo Dot which I feel is a great product to use as an example. The Echo Dot is an advanced tech product, yet it’s not so complex as to be completely overwhelming.

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The Right Way to Bring a New Product to Market

Technical Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 10

There is always a right way and wrong way to do something. When it comes to bringing a new product to market there are in fact many wrong ways to do it. Unfortunately the majority of entrepreneurs, startups, and inventors go about it the wrong way.

The wrong way is usually based on an over focus on the idea and on product development. Wait a minute! Did a product development engineer just say it’s wrong to over focus on development? Well, yes, I did.

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