Get ready for Battlebots 2018

Lucky vs. Yeti Battlebots is a battle of wits, engineering talent, design prowess - and of course carnage! The 2018 season is about to be underway and Design 1st is excited to participate by supporting Team Lucky - a fierce Battlebot competitor for the past several years. As Team Lucky gets set to fly to Los Angeles, California to film the competition, we put together some commonly asked questions and answers so that you too can get in on the action! 1) What is Battlebots? 2) How do Battlebots matches […]

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Glossary of Product Design Terms

88 Product Design Terms You Need to Know If you are designing a new product, working with a product design firm or have an interest in hardware startups - knowing your way around product design terminology is critical. For example, exploding a  BOM - may come as shock to those who don't know BOM stands for bill of materials, and exploding it simply means showing a list of all the components in one view! But a quick read of the most frequently used product design related terms below will bring […]

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Filed under: Product Design, Resources

How will 5G impact IoT product development?

Source: Bridgera Ontario’s IoT product development industry got hit with some exciting news Monday: a $400M research boost to create, the super-fast, next generation of 5G wireless networks. Termed the “5G Corridor,” the public-private partnership plans to make Ontario a contender on the global stage for IoT development through access to a pre-commercial 5G network.  But to understand how the 5G announcement will impact product development now and into the future, we need to answers some questions: What is 5G? What are Canada's goals for new 5G Corridor? Will Canada be the […]

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Filed under: Electronics Design

New Product Development Strategy: Top 5 Questions

Before jumping into the design of your hardware product, consider your product development strategy. This will help align your new product with your business goals. The easiest way to do this is by answering these 5 key questions. How will your product compete? Who will lead your development effort? How will you validate your product design? How will your business model for acquiring new customers impact your design? How will your new product fit into your product portfolio plan? The inputs will help inform the many detailed feature/cost/time trade-off decisions your […]

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Filed under: New Product Development

The 17 Hottest Pet Tech Products of 2018

High Tech pet products are everywhere It's a great time to be a pet. A wave of new high-tech pet products and innovations have just hit the market. And there are many more in development. So, if you are a pet owner, entrepreneur or investor - now is the perfect time to get up to speed on the hottest pet tech devices. Mechanical Pet Tech Products: Mechanical pet tech devices range from simple single part products to complex ball launchers, self-cleaning litter boxes and dog houses with air conditioning! 1) iFetch: Automatic […]

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