How to Design a 250lbs Heavyweight Combat Robot in 6 Weeks

Battlebots is an American TV series, where remote controlled robots fight one another in a UFC arena style elimination tournament. There are weapons, armour, hazards and destruction. The winners drive off glorious, the losers have to be carried out. This year’s Battlebots season is launching on ABC TV June 23rd - and we’re excited to have played a role in the development of a crowd favourite robot called Lucky Canucky.  

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We Are Wearables Ottawa Launch

An Ottawa Summer Full of Innovation, Making and Wearable Tech There’s no slowing down for us this summer. From IoT meetups to speaking at a Wearables industry event, and working on our own D1 MakerLab projects, we’ve been busy! But one of the highlights for us so far was being introduced to the We Are Wearables tech community, a grass roots organization whose mission is to promote the adoption and development of wearable technology. The group was originally started in Toronto by Tom Richal and then quickly expanded with a […]

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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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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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