Ottawa Personal Trainer with a Product Idea

After meeting Guy Murray for the first time you’re guaranteed to hear at least one product idea. The Ottawa personal trainer embodies the definition of an inventor and has used his ingenuity to create several products over the years. In early 2010, Guy came up with one product idea he knew would take more than elbow grease to bring to life. After contacting several machine shops, engineers and prototype outfits he stumbled across Design 1st online.  Quickly a meeting was setup, budget identified and a team put in place. Over […]

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Filed under: Client News, Product Design

BathandPlay: From Idea to Kickstarter

Ottawa inventor Jay Conohan walked into the Design 1st office in January 2013 with a product idea and the enthusiasm to dive head first into the product development process. Now 10 months later, he has a working prototype, Kickstarter campaign and is preparing for the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas to showcase his product. Here’s a quick summary of Jay’s journey and how he re-invented bath time for toddlers. The Product Idea: Like many inventors, Jay stumbled across the “Bath and Play” product idea by accident; literally, his son […]

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Filed under: Client News, Startups

Building New Relationships in China

Our visits to China have become more frequent. What started off as an annual trip to meet with our manufacturers and component suppliers has now turned into quarterly visits. Most of these visits are short and involve quality inspections on our client's first production runs. But on our most recent trip to China we spent a full two weeks qualifying new vendors, touring state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and forming new business relationships.Check-out some of the photos from our trip below:

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Product Innovation in Hand Hygiene

After nearly two years in product development with Design 1st in Ottawa, HandSandal Instruments Ltd, a Vancouver based start-up is pleased to announce their flagship product. The HandSandal is an innovative portable hand hygiene device that you bring with you wherever you go in public spaces.  The ergonomically developed hand grip provides an antimicrobial barrier to contaminated surfaces in transportation, offices, hospitals, washrooms and is used on door handles, light switches, elevators and surfaces that must be touched to operate. The Handsandal’s design was perfected over several product concept iterations, prototypes […]

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

Startup to Watch: Northvu – HDTV Antenna

  Lately it seems like every week a Design 1st client is making news headlines. This week the honor goes to NorthVu Systems, an Ottawa based startup that created the NV20 pro HDTV antenna. NorthVu was named a 2013 “Startup to Watch” by the Ottawa Business Journal.   Launched last March 2012, the NV20 Pro has travelled down the bumpy road of commercial success. Along the way they have continually racked up more and more distributors for their indoor HDTV antenna including Amazon, Home Hardware and The Source. Next stop, NorthVu […]

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Filed under: Blog, Client News

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