Top 5 Canadian Crowdfunded Hardware Companies

The modern age of the Internet has made many aspects of daily life more accessible, and the same is true for small design companies. Creating the connection between start-up companies and potential investors has never been easier through sites like Kickstarter and Indie-gogo, allowing the makers of the World to test the market before committing to the expensive steps that use to be required to prototype a new product to be tested by the consumer. By December 2013, a handful of Canadian start-up companies had successfully funded their hardware products, […]

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The Hardware Startup Renaissance

The hardware startup renaissance is upon us and in a troubled market, both established companies and entrepreneurs are welcoming it with open arms.  The decade long gold rush to develop web software Apps is maturing.  Increasingly innovators are combining physical hard goods with new Apps in their product plans.  A suite of software platforms, wireless hardware modules, flexible manufacturing processes and low cost single item shipping are making the design, development and delivery of these products easier for ever smaller enterprises and virtual companies.“It's a shift that Silicon Valley has […]

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Truth Behind Canada Startup Re-Location Subsidy

Last week when the WSJ reported of a new Canadian government program that sought to lure US hi-tech startups to the great white north – heads turned. The article described how Canada had a new subsidy program that would pay 80% of a foreign based startups’ labor costs if they moved their operations to Canada.  The only catch was that the company had to be majority controlled by a person(s) who was a Canadian resident. But even by setting up a satellite office in Canada a startup company could net […]

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The Internet of Things | Designing for Atoms & Bytes

Product ideas come in many forms, but they’re typically tossed into one of two baskets – hardware or software. That’s all about to change. Now there’s a third basket – the “Internet of things” – and the still-young reality has yet to be filled with new products that the blend digital and physical experiences.It’s a new marketplace of ideas, driven by the convergence of wireless communication, sensors and the ubiquity of the Internet. The Internet of things (IoT) means any product can have embedded intelligence, or its own unique identifier, to connect […]

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The Process is the Magic

Recently we came across a a Steve Jobs interview excerpt on his thoughts regarding the most important element of product development. The response while aligned with both his and Apple's "Think Different" slogan makes a simple statement that should resonate with anyone evolved in product development: "The process is the magic"

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