Top 10 Canadian Wearable Startups You Ought to Know

Canada's Taken Charge of Innovation in Wearables Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa - 3 cities you could visit in one day...driving in a car! But they're close in more ways than just distance. Each of these cities boasts a growing Hardware Startup and Wearables Community where entrepreneurs, startups and established companies are jumping head first into the growing wearables industry. This growth has lead to 10 full-fledged Canadian startups based on wearable technology, and there are literally dozens more in development - several working with us right now! And with the […]

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6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Manufacturing in China

There are huge cost advantages to manufacturing in China If you’re designing a new product that requires electronics (what doesn’t nowadays), finding a Chinese factory that already makes similar products is well worth your time. It can be a fast way to execute lean and bootstrapped manufacturing. All this sounds good, right? Yes, but for it really work you will need an experienced manufacturing setup partner like Design 1st. Otherwise, you may be at risk to these common pitfalls:

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Filed under: Blog, manufacturing

Building an Internet Connected Product: Webinar

Did you know that the fastest growing hardware product category is called the “Internet of Things” (IoT)? A recent 2015 Gartner research study estimated that by the end of 2015, 4.9 Billion IoT products will be in use, up 30% from 2014 – and will reach 25 Billion IoT products by 2020. This spells out a big opportunity for entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies looking to develop an IoT Product.

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Filed under: Blog, Design 1st News, Internet of Things

Beer Chilling – Mechanical Innovations

All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy, so at the end of a long day of designing, prototyping and testing new product ideas, the team at Design 1st occasionally sit back and crack a few beers. But our curiosity does not end with the work day, so when considering ways of chilling a beer, we look beyond the time-honored combination of refrigeration and patience. Here is what we’ve found… Beer cans Two mechanical engineers out of Gainesville, Florida have revolutionized the way to cool a beer can […]

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Filed under: Blog, Client News, Mechanical Design

Designing a Pneumatic Fish Cannon

Flying Fish, a mysterious mythical creature and now a reality. Dubbed the 'Salmon Cannon', a new glorified vacuum tube is helping fish in the Columbia River traverse man made dams by flying over them. Whoosh Innovations, the company behind the device first designed the pneumatic tube system to transport fruit and vegetables in packing plants.  But when Washington state posed a research question of how to help Salmon migrate across hydroelectric dams Whoosh pondered if fish could use the system too. "So we put a tilapia in the fruit tube," […]

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Filed under: Blog, Inventors, Product Design

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