Canadian Innovation: A Look at History, Today & Tomorrow

The history of Canadian invention has spanned more than a century with over one million patents filed – yet few people can name more than one or two Canadian inventors. The most common name that comes to mind is Alexander Graham Bell – the inventor of the telephone in 1867. Over 125 years later Mike Lazaridis & Doug Fregin sought to greatly improve the telephone through adding wireless email functionality – this was the start of Canada’s treasured RIM (Research in Motion) corporation. In between these two great feats of […]

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Filed under: Funding, New Product Development, Patents, Startups

Patent 101 – A How-to Guide

If you have recently wet your toes in the world of product development or are a seasoned professional – updating your knowledge on patents is always advantageous.     This article seeks to explore patents through three separate focuses; mainly, what is a patent, why they are important and how to extract value from one. What is a Patent? On a high-level, a patent is a subset of legal protection for intellectual property. Grouped with patents are Trademarks and Copyrights; however, for hardware and physical products, patents are most relevant […]

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Filed under: Blog, Patents, Resources

How to Manufacture an Idea: Lily Chillers E-Commerce Case Study

Start-ups and E-commerce entrepreneurs are developing their products to meet niche customer demand. This allows them to control quality, features, costs, and most importantly, margins! The challenge is getting ideas into manufacture-ready designs, building out a supply chain and ramping up volume production with consistent quality. Discover the process one entrepreneur went through to manufacture his idea for a mass market.

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The 2010 InfoComm Expedition – Las Vegas, Nevada

Year after year, the Audio Visual marketplace enthusiastically embraces the InfoComm tradeshow to make their purchasing choices, network with specialists and enhance their skills. The 2010 InfoComm - Las Vegas tradeshow provided a terrific platform for this industry interaction with over 900 exhibitors and 300 educational seminars. The thousands of Audio Visual (AV) professionals that converged for the tradeshow embodied innovation, showcasing AV technologies that pushed the boundaries of how users interact with conventional products. Design 1st staff enjoyed the excitement at InfoComm 2010, taking the opportunity to checkout new […]

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Filed under: Blog, Product Design, Resources

Design 1st Client’s Named as Gartner’s 2010 “Cool Vendors”

  The new technology landscape is filled with firms who have the potential to change a market in a significant way, yet have not gained exposure for their new value. Market analyst Gartner’s annual “Cool Vendors” report seeks to oust these innovative firms through publishing a series of research reports in key technology areas, highlighting emerging technologies.  The Cool Vendors report is a driving force behind the discovery and commercialization of new technology that has both a business impact and enables users to do useful things that have not been […]

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Filed under: Client News, Design 1st News, Product Design

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