Prototyping an Audio Interface Device with Amazon Alexa

Voice first products are at the leading edge of technology and product design, making them a highly demanding undertaking for developers, designers and innovators.  Working with leading edge technology can be a risk for design firms, given the limited precedents and poses a challenge to successfully translate the technology into physical products.Design 1st, a firm with deep expertise in hardware product design was sought out by a US client to develop a voice-first product. The effort resulted in a nine month process of navigating the complexities of this product category. […]

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Indiegogo Chose Canada for Crowdfunding App Launch

We've got exciting news for Canadian crowdfunders! Indiegogo, the largest global crowdfunding platform has chosen Canada to launch and test a new iphone App. Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin made the announcement today saying Canada was choosen as the test country for the eventual global roll-out due to the diversity of campaigns and feedback from Canadians. "Canada is a really important country for us, in terms of volume it's the second-largest country for us in the world ... and we send money to 70 to 100 countries a week," - Indiegogo […]

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Crowdfunding 2.0 – You Can Now Micro Invest in Local Startups

A couple years ago many great product ideas were sitting collecting dust in the minds, workshops and hard drives of entrepreneurs. These ideas sat behind the barrier of funding – often dismissed after the entrepreneur exhausted their bootstrap, government and private lending finance options. But crowdfunding changed that. Using online platforms, crowdfunding meant new product ideas could be pitched to a wider global audience and funded through individual donations. These fundraising efforts have led to some pretty impressive success stories, the most notable being the Pebble Smartwatch which fundraised $10.3million […]

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