The Dragons Den Archives

Watch Design 1st clients pitch their hardware product ideas on CBC's Dragons' Den Over the past several years, Design 1st has had multiple clients pitch their product ideas on Dragons' Den.  These products have included everything from pot light covers to fitness equipment, toddler monitors to ice cream makers, dog showers and humidifiers. Watch some of our favorite client appearances on Dragons' Den below:

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How to Design a 250lbs Battlebot 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. The 2019 Battlebots season is being filmed April 12-22 and will be airing on Discovery Channel later this spring. Design 1st staff support the design and development of crowd favorite Battlebot, Lucky Canucky   Video: The design and development of combat robot Lucky.

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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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