From Idea to Product - Chapter I: When the idea is not enough
Updated: Apr 4, 2020
In this series of articles Bridge PCB Design will guide you throughout the process of developing a product from the very conception of the idea to the final testing and product verification.
Every electronic product started as an idea. iPhone started as an idea in Steve Jobs’ mind. However, many people have great ideas, but not all of them create great products like Apple’s ultra famous smartphone.
Why does this happen? Not all entrepreneurs have the resources needed to develop their idea, or maybe they do, but don’t know how to use them. What resources are we talking about? Knowledge and time.
Knowledge: A degree in Electronics is not mandatory, but you need to have a background on Electronics, Circuit design, PCB layout, firmware and software development and mechanical design. As technology evolves so quickly, staying up to date with new devices, programming languages, communication networks such as 5G, BLE, LoraWAN, among others, are a must for anyone involved in Hardware Design.
Time: One of the most valuable assets entrepreneurs have, and because of that you will need to use it wisely, when a product is being developed a lot of things occur in parallel, marketing, material sourcing, research, etc. And you may end up struggling to find time to complete all the tasks such as the PCB Layout, selecting the right PCB manufacturer, testing the prototypes, developing firmware or designing the enclosure.
How do successful entrepreneurs use these resources? We’ll find out in the next chapters of this article series.