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.
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.
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? You just create a campaign page about your amazing new product on crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or CrowdSupply. The world will then come rushing in to give you money! Piece of cake, right?
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 prototype is only used internally to determine the practicality of a new product. Customers will rarely see a POC prototype. When demonstrating your product to customers you will usually need something much closer to the manufacturable version of your product.
Last week I answered the most common question I am asked. This week I answer the second most common question. Obviously everyone wants to know how long this whole process is going to 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:
If you’re looking to build a proof-of-concept (POC) prototype for a new product idea, or perhaps you’re just wanting to learn more about electronics development, then the first step is to choose a development kit (also called a development board).
A development kit will serve as the brains of your project and will communicate with all the interconnected electronic components.
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