The 17 Hottest Pet Tech Products Ideas of 2019

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.

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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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Filed under: Industrial Design

5 New Flood Prevention Products

Floods are becoming more common around the world. What was once a 100-year phenomenon is now a seasonal trend that homeowners must deal with. And the main solution deployed to fight these rising water is sandbags – 1000’s upon 1000’s of sandbags made from burlap or polypropylene. But is this the most effective method? As product designers,  we began thinking about the challenges of floods and exploring other product solutions already on the market. See what we found below: Water gate is a clever PVC device that uses the pressure of […]

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How much do prototypes cost?

Prototype costs can range from a $100 to upwards of $30,000 for high fidelity connected devices.   Video: Reasons why we prototype 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 […]

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Startup 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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