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I can answer questions about honing your idea and helping it to become more real in your mind, your research, and within your speaking. My expertise is in answering the large questions that you have into more manageable pieces. I can also assist you in finding the source of the data that you can use to prove and pitch your idea if that's the path that you're on.

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In my opinion, the current way to invent is inherently flawed. Regular people like us normally get “eaten up」 by the proverbial sharks in the water. (corporations, invention submission companies, lawyers, etc)


We can not stand for this any longer; you feel this too, yes?

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I have helped people think and re-think their ideas for years. As a byproduct of talking with hundreds of inventors, there is a new and very revolutionary way to invent that will be available to the world in 2008. Nobel Prize Winner Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi once said that "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one has thought." I agree with this truth with all of my heart. Now let's talk about your question, your passion, and how I can help your idea gain momentum if it is ready.




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Software for the electronics (Firmware) is often 50% or more of the design work. The programming that controls the microprocessor gives the electronic product its features and characteristics. The programming or coding for electronic products is more detailed than the type of programming for a Windows PC Application, because it is more tightly coupled to the electronic hardware on which it runs, and because it usually has to respond more quickly - that is it has to run in "real time". Since most of our designs incorporate a microprocessor of some type, software is a primary part of a design. We are experienced in both assembly language and "C" programming for Intel 80xx, Motorola 68xx, and PIC Microprocessors.

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ProtoCAM - Northampton, PA
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Custom manufacturer of plastic prototype parts or templates. Prototypes are created from rapid prototyping, selective laser sintering, stereolithography & 3D CAD modeling. Machining services are also available.

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ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer of prototypes. Available product prototyping, design & development services. Rapid prototyping materials include stereolithography materials & selective laser sintering materials. Industries served include medical, bio-medical, implantable medical devices,...
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Design assistance to clients along with 3-d prototyping services. Services include: models, prototypes, stereolithography, urethane castings, CNC machining, vacuum forming, architectural models, human factors, epoxy tooling, sales samples, working models & trade show models.


Paramount Industries, Inc. - Langhorne, PA
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Manufacturer of prototypes including prototype parts. Materials used include ABS, acetate, acrylic, plastic, rubber, wax, clay, wood, foam, epoxy resins, aluminum, steel & brass. Capabilities include model making, pattern making, sculpting, vertical mill & lathe machining, vacuum forming, pressure...


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Antron Engineering & Machine Co., Inc. - Bellingham, MA
Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer, Service Company
http://www.antroneng.com/contractmfg.html
ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer of prototypes, components, hardware kits & assemblies for finished goods. Features include a variety of tooling & designing options, coordination & management of all phases of manufacturing by on-site managers, inspection of products prior to shipment & testing...


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Manufacturing house specializing in precision turned components and specialty threading. Serves the aerospace, electronics & controls industries. Handles a wide variety of secondary operations on turned products including milling, slotting, drilling, tapping, thread rolling, centerless grinding,...
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Custom manufacturer of steel molds, aluminum molds, epoxy tooling, stereolithography, rotational molding, model/pattern building, CNC machining, fixtures, mold repair, assembly, design, & international/exporting of parts. Serving the automotive, medical, commercial, aerospace, plastics, toy,...

Minico Industries - Bay Shore, NY
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ISO 9001:2000 certified custom manufacturer of extrusions, special ferrules, prototype models, prototypes, & custom testers. Products include bearings, washers, connectors, insulators, rings, bushings, extrusions, gaskets, machine parts, & O-rings in 7 in. dia. Materials used include Teflon...
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You should prototype a product early in its development because it is much easier and cheaper to correct a prototype than a released product.
Low-fidelity prototypes are quick, cheap, and designed to elicit user feedback as early as possible They are especially valuable for libraries, since they do not require the involvement of resources outside the library, such as system administrators, programmers, or graphic designers.
High-fidelity prototypes are more expensive and usually involve coding, but are better for evaluating graphics and getting 'buy-in' that usability problems found during testing are not due to the 'rough' quality of the prototype.
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Prototyping is much like a rough draft of a document. It still needs to be polished, but allows you to begin solidifying ideas, correcting major errors, and even start over without a lot of lost time. There are low-fidelity and high-fidelity prototypes.

Low-fidelity prototypes
A low-fidelity prototype is a 'quick and dirty' mockup that is cheap, easily changed, and can be thrown away without complaint.
During usability tests, a low-fidelity prototype often uses a person as the computer and a pointer as the mouse.
The goal of such a prototype is to create something as quickly as possible that will elicit user feedback.
Very often, paper and pencil are used to construct this type of prototype, though presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) may be used.
As an early-design tool, a paper low-fidelity prototype is ideal. Many ideas can be viewed and evaluated by the design team in a short period of time, and with very little cost. The basic idea is to have the design team work together, using little more than pen-and-paper, to draw the screens needed for a basic user interface to the product. Because it is done early, quickly, and with no expectation of creating a working version, the team is under much less pressure and generally works together more smoothly. In addition, little to no attachment for the prototype develops in the team, resulting in much less resistance to change (example).

A paper prototype can also be used for a usability test (example). The major difference with regular usability testing is that a person acts as the computer, changing screens, vocalizing error messages, etc.

For more information on how we use paper prototyping at OCLC, see the How we do it: paper prototyping.

High-fidelity prototypes
Libraries may want to use a high-fidelity prototype if they require greater 'buy-in' that the usability problems they find are valid and need to be corrected
A high-fidelity prototype is much closer to the actual product in look and feel
The prototype often requires use of a programming language
The user interacts with a computer, not a person acting as a computer.
By far, the OCLC usability lab evaluates more high-fidelity prototypes than any other product format. A major reason for this is that project teams tend to view the results of a usability test with a high-fidelity prototype as more accurate than tests with a low-fidelity prototype.

High-fidelity prototypes are often written using HTML, Javascript, or OCLC's SiteSearch. It is common for the prototype to be written in the same language as the final product, but without the complete functionality or 'clean' code of a final product. This makes the transition from prototype to product quicker and easier. It also increases the risk that the prototype's 'cludge' code will inadvertently be used in the final product.Creating a Product Prototype
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One of the essential early steps in the inventing process is creating a prototype--which, simply defined, is a three-dimensional version of your vision. Creating a prototype can also be one of the most fun and rewarding steps you'll take. That's because developing a prototype gives you the opportunity to really tap into your creativity, using those skills that inspired your invention idea in the first place. And whether you're making your prototype at home or hiring the services of an engineer, seamstress or machinist, it's truly exciting to see your idea transformed into something tangible and real.

So what exactly should a prototype look like? First, it depends on your idea. Second, it depends on your budget and your goals. If possible, it's great to start with a handmade prototype, no matter how rudimentary. For example, I've seen prototypes made from the simplest of household items: socks, diaper tabs, household glue, empty milk containers--you name it. If it works for your initial demonstration purposes, it's as good as the most expensive materials.

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Eventually, if you decide to move forward with your invention, you'll probably need what's known as a "pre-production" prototype--especially if you plan to manufacture it yourself rather than license it. But as a first step, a homemade "presentation" prototype can give you a good running start.

A prototype provides other advantages, as well:

1. It enables you to test and refine the functionality of your design. Sure, your idea works perfectly in theory. It's not until you start physically creating it that you'll encounter flaws in your thinking. That's why another great reason to develop a prototype is to test the functionality of your idea. You'll never know the design issues and challenges until you begin actually taking your idea from theory to reality.

2. It makes it possible to test the performance of various materials. For example, your heart may be set on using metal--until you test it and realize that, say, plastic performs better at a lower cost for your particular application. The prototype stage will help you determine the best materials.

3. It'll help you describe your product more effectively with your team, including your attorney, packaging or marketing expert, engineers and potential business partners.

4. It will encourage others to take you more seriously. When you arrive with a prototype in hand to meet any professional--from your own attorney to a potential licensing company--you separate yourself from the dozens of others who've approached them with only vague ideas in mind. Instead, you'll be viewed as a professional with a purpose, as opposed to just an inventor with a potentially good idea.

Developing Your Prototype
So now that you know that creating a prototype is a vital step in your invention process, how exactly do you move forward and actually do it? This stage in the inventing process is possibly the period of greatest learning...and is also my personal favorite. I love the creative exploration that prototyping inspires! This is where your words and thoughts change from "Can I?" to "How will I?"

Making a prototype by hand is a great way to start bringing your product to life. Remember, there are no rules! Give yourself permission to experiment. Look around the house and select materials that you can use to test to see if your idea works.

If you anticipate your product will be made from plastic, there's a great product I recently discovered that's ideal for creating home prototypes. It's called Shapelock, and it was recently released in the U.S. market. When heated in the microwave or with your hair dryer, it becomes pliable, kind of like clay, so you can mold it any way you'd like. When dry, it becomes a hard plastic. The best part? It's only about $14.95 per container, and you can reheat it and reuse it again and again. Find it at www.shapelock.com.

Of course, your product could also be made from any number of materials, ranging from metals to chemicals to textiles. When using any material, try to be open to alternatives you may not have originally considered.

 
 
 
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