In the fast-changing IoT world, rapid prototyping has progressively taken the stage. Tech projects used to take years to move from conception to market. But in today’s incredible speed of technological advancement, companies simply can’t afford such long cycles. Rapid prototyping comes in handy as it involves minimal development time and costs while providing great flexibility in integrating adjustments along the line. Our Toronto industrial design services team shares why you should use rapid prototyping for your IoT invention.
It enables a successful proof of concept (PoC)
A 2017 study from Cisco reported that 60% of IoT projects stall at the PoC stage. PoCs are an important step before a pilot but are tricky in and of themselves to navigate. They require a clear vision of the work to be done as well as space to tweak and test to finally land on a solution that ultimately works.
So as to not go in blind, our Toronto industrial design services team has found it immensely important to rapid prototype our solution before moving forward with a PoC. This allows us to share mockups of our solution with the customer, capture their feedback, and make the necessary adjustments before investing any more time and money. It also gives a potential customer the opportunity to visualize and better understand the solution and opt out if it’s not a fit.
Low risk, high reward
Rapid prototyping doesn’t require expensive hardware, time on site, or extensive buy-in from corporate higher-ups. You’re simply creating a visual draft of the work that could be done for the solution your client needs.
For more information on rapid prototyping for your next IoT invention, contact our Toronto industrial design services team anytime.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at +1 (888) 806-6256 (MAKO) and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
From design to manufacturing your prototype, research the players involved
If you are hiring a professional design and development firm to create your product, do some research before selecting the firm. This also applies to the manufacturing stage of your product. You may need to work with multiple manufacturers for various parts of your product. Does the factory incorporate alternative sources of energy such as solar or wind into the manufacturing process? Are outputs and waste managed responsibly? Does it take steps to offset the CO2 produced during manufacturing?