Announcing “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market” (new book)

In early 2014, I wrote a blog post about the hardware product development process. I was working with new hardware startup teams, many from MIT. It became clear that they all faced a two-fold challenge. First, this was their first time around, and they had no frame of reference for … Read More

How KinderLab Robotics built the first 1000 KIBO’s

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Final Assembly

This is the third article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing Custom Parts

This is the second article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing COTS Parts

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

EBook: Bringing a New Hardware Product to Market

Throughout the spring semester, I have been working with student startup teams at MIT, helping them apply Bill Aulet’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework to figure out who their customer is, how their target market works, how they will acquire customers, and what their financial outlook may look like in the next … Read More

Offshoring and rightshoring

I’ve been chatting with hardware startups who are looking for a production partner. The topic of offshoring and rightshoring came up. Should they manufacture in the US, or abroad? What is right for their product and stage of business? How do they make this decision? I’ve had a lot of … Read More

Foamcore and foam – exploring form

This is the third post in my prototyping and manufacturing series. Once the technology (sort of) works, you are ready to move on to experimenting with form.  You need two resources: An industrial designer who understands human factors and ergonomics A way to make a lot of physical mockups quickly … Read More

Engineering breadboards, a.k.a. duct tape prototypes

This is the second post in my prototyping and manufacturing series. Which comes first, the breadboard or the vaporware? I would argue these should arrive simultaneously. Engineering breadboards are the first step for any high tech hardware product development process.  The idea is to use the fastest possible techniques to … Read More

Prototyping and manufacturing hardware products

As a mentor and coach to MIT startup teams working on integrated hardware and software products, I find that everybody keeps running into the same recurring challenge: prototyping and manufacturing hardware products at different stages of the R&D cycle. From idea to mass produced item, a hardware product goes through … Read More

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