Three Tech Trends at CES 2018

Design 1st VP of Electronics Peter Cottreau and VP of Operations Ian Kayser outside CES 2018 in Las Vegas The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the global stage where new hardware products are introduced and technology trends are defined. This year was no different — we came away from CES with a clear picture of where the future direction of technology is headed, and how consumers, hardware products and development teams will be impacted. In this blog post, Ian Kayser, VP of Operations at Design 1st, discusses three of technology […]

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Filed under: Internet of Things

Top 3 Design Mistakes Hardware Startups Make

Companies in need of hardware product design—particularly hardware startups looking to launch new products—have a lot riding on how they choose to bring their products to market. To ensure manufacturable design concepts, it’s crucial that companies get specialized expertise in both electronics and materials from their design, prototype and manufacturing partners. Why is it so important? Poorly designed and engineered products can sink not only product launches but also careers … and companies. In this blog post, Kevin Bailey, President of Ottawa-based Design 1st, discusses three of the biggest hardware […]

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How much do prototypes cost?

Learn how much prototypes cost and why we build different types of prototypes during the product development process.   One of the most common questions we get is how much does a prototype cost to make? This is a tricky question, as prototypes can be free or cost upwards of $100,000. It all depends on why you want a prototype. So, why do YOU want a prototype? If you ask any of the recent people we talk to, many will have a different answer. Some people want prototypes to prove […]

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Journey to the Dragons’ Den

When Canadians execute on great product ideas they have an opportunity to pitch them on Dragons' Den. We have seen this first hand with over half a dozen clients making their way to face the Dragons' on CBC. And the majority have been successful! This fall, we are excited to see two more clients - Toddler Monitor and Rolling Desserts - pitch their hardware products on Dragons' Den. Both clients have gone through the entire product development process and are building on successful crowdfunding campaigns that exceeded their goals. Now entering volume […]

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6 ways manufacturing in Asia can be disastrous

If you want to build your product in Asia, you need to know the manufacturing process inside out. And, if you lack this knowledge, you need a partner who ensures that you are never without the information you require. What follows are the areas where the companies we work with most frequently require help in Asia. As you will see, contract manufacturing risks begin in the earliest stages of design, and extend to the management of contract manufacturer (CM) relationships even after your product is on the market. 1. Consider […]

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