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Our sleep patterns are something that concern almost all of us. Are we getting enough sleep, are we sleeping at the right time, and what do our dreams mean are all questions that we’ve asked at one point or another. When you consider that the average person sleeps for around 8 hours a day, or almost 230,000 hours over the course of their lifetime, it’s no wonder that we’re so interested init.

With technology constantly evolving and serving every possible niche, it’s no surprise that dedicated sleep tracking devices or applications for our smartphones have caught the public’s imagination. Could monitoring your sleep patterns really improve your health in the long-run though? Here’s what you need to know.

How Does It Work

Traditionally, sleep research involved being fitted with lots of different wires that measured everything from the movement of your eyes and legs to your heartbeat and respiratory patterns. However, the main flaw with this was that it required the individual to leave their home and be tested in a lab environment which, as you might imagine, also increased their stress levels and affected the authenticity of the study.

Nowadays, the approach that we see from companies like these making sleep-tracking smartphone apps and wearables is comparatively simple. Rather than measure every possible variable, we instead focus on one aspect, movement, tracked by an accelerometer. These are both small and cheap to produce, so anyone can wear them in their own home. Despite missing out on other useful data, the fact that we can study someone in their natural surroundings means that, for now, this approach may be the best option.

What Are the Benefits

According to both experts and the manufacturers of these products, these kinds of trackers are no substitute for actual medical advice or lab testing for people who have serious sleep problems. Similarly, a number of experts feel that body movement alone does not provide enough information to provide meaningful data. However, that is not to say that sleep trackers have no merit at all.

While most of us are familiar with the idea that we need 8 hours of sleep a day, according to the Sleep Council the average Brit gets just six-and-a-half hours each night. If sleep trackers can help people make a conscious effort to create regular sleeping patterns, this would be an improvement on people’s general health. Almost all experts agree that keeping to a regular schedule is the best way to avoid feeling groggy in the morning.

Do you have any experience using these kinds of trackers? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

 

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Nowadays, there are plenty of online casinos available for gamers to choose from. But, have you ever noticed that many of them have similar layouts? This is due to the fact that many are using the same online Casino software companies to power their sites.

Although, this may not seem like something that you would like to know, it is important to note that getting familiar with the top software providers will give you a better idea of which sides offer fair and safe games, good variety, and quality products.

Now, are you interested in learning more? Check out 5 of the most popular Casino software companies on the internet to help you get better acquainted with online gaming.

Netent. This company is one of the best online casino software suppliers in the world. Their games and software are used by the most trusted and the best casino operators. They offer an award winning Casino module, which is an online gaming the system that is made up of out over 200 of the best gaming titles that the internet has to offer. In this way, their games are ensured to offer their customers High entertainment value and an excellent gaming experience. Some of their most popular titles include Blackjack Pro, Red Dog Progressive, Hall of Gods, and Starburst.

Microgaming. When most people think about this company, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the fact that they are credited with being the first company to launch an online casino. When did this happen? Way back in 1994, when most of us had never even heard of the internet – an impressive feat indeed. Since then, they have created well over 800 online casino games and over 500 game variants. Popular games from this company include Playboy, Thunderstruck, Avalon, Game of Thrones, and Mega Moolah. They are also one of the founders of eCogra, which is an organization that stands up for secure, responsible, and fair online gaming gambling.

PlayTech. This software provider is best known for being the creators of one of the best online slots in the industry – the Marvel series based on many of the most beloved superheroes in the country like the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. This software vendor is also praised for its high-quality casino games with great animations, excellent graphics, and beautiful sounds.

Betsoft Gaming. Far from offering up just the normal fare, Betsoft has gained quite a reputation for their games with 3D Graphics and realistic animations and features. They offer a realistic experience that transports you right in the heat of the action even though you never left your couch. Some of their best known 3D titles include Brooks Revenge, At the Copa, True Sheriff, and Good Girl Bad Girl. Playing any one of these selections is sure to offer you high-quality gameplay and a truly superior experience.

EveryMatrix. This online Casino software provider is one of the best when it comes to complete online gaming Solutions. They have gained this reputation due to their innovative engine that offers over 20,000 games from over 30 providers. But, that’s not all, they also offer payment and gaming management to casino operators. On top of they that, they provide their online casino operators with a live dealer option to ensure that their customers really feel as is they are playing at an actual casino.

Interested in learning more about the best online casino software providers, popular games, and other similar information? Head over to http://www.canadiancasinosonline.com/ for in-depth reviews on virtually anything you want to know about the industry.

What do you think about the options listed above? Have you ever played at any online casinos powered by these innovative vendors? Share your experience in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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Regardless of what you think you may have heard or know about playing online slots, they are very much a game of chance and there is no technique or formula to winning.  However, there are various hints and tips you can follow that will help you have the best chance of winning.  In the following brief article, we will look at a few of these hints and tips.

Determine Your Gambling Budget

Before you even decide to play a site like Knoami Slots, you should work out the amount of money you will have to gamble with.  It is important that you set aside a budget for gambling, so you never lose money you can’t afford to lose.  Some people like to open a separate bank account to just keep their gambling budget and wins in so they are not tempted to use their main account.

Choose A Casino Wisely

You should see choosing the online casino or site that you play at in a similar way to choosing an online retailer.  You wouldn’t just shop at a shop based on reputation alone, you would want to find out as much as you could.  With an online casino or site for instance, you will want to ensure that they do payout winnings to their users.  If not, you could find that you are gambling your hard earned money, winning and never getting what is rightfully yours.

Look At Payout Odds

Another aspect of an online casino or site like MyVegas Slots that you should be keenly aware of is the payout odds.  From site to site, these will vary marginally and although it may only seem like a small amount, those minute differences could mean you have a better or worse chance at winning on a particular site, compared to another.

There are many other precautions, hints and tips that you can utilise to increase your chances of winning, the above though is hopefully a good introduction though to some of these.

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What is a Tradeshow and What do They Mean for Businesses?

For many businesses, tradeshows represent a rare opportunity to not only meet potential customers face to face, but also a time to get to know potential investors – while at the same time keeping a watchful eye on their most aggressive competitors. Admittedly, the idea of having access to literally thousands of potential customers in such a short time (many tradeshows wrap up after just a few days) does in fact sound like a sure win situation, the truth is many businesses – both big and small – walk away from tradeshows with very little to show for their time, effort, and most importantly, their investment.

A business that identifies and executes a tradeshow strategy ahead of time will more often than not prevail where the ill-prepared firm will not – and these days, social media is playing a larger role than ever in ensuring the success of tradeshow attendees.

How Social Media Can be Used to Make Your Show a Success

While you can certainly take advantage of platforms like Twitter to invite potential clients to stop by your booth, chances are if you wait until the day of the event, your efforts won’t be nearly as effective as they would be had you started them a couple of weeks earlier. For instance, if the tradeshow you’re attending has an official hashtag relating to the event, consider using it in the days and weeks leading up to the show. Using the official hashtag (while adding one of your own – perhaps to highlight a new product or service) will get you noticed by the event’s coordinators and perspective clients that are planning to attend.

You might also consider taking a number of pictures during the show and sharing them via social media. These “action shots” create a sense of excitement around your brand that potential customers won’t want to pass up.

Take pictures of your products, your staff working the floor, engaging with customers – but be conscientious about how many pictures you’re sharing. You want to share enough so as to remain at the top of the list of booths to visit; sharing too many can be detrimental as your company may come off spammy or pushy. With tradeshows lasting as long as they do, those are two monikers that could ruin a show for you rather quickly.

A good rule of thumb about strategically sharing information with followers while at a tradeshow is to have a meeting beforehand and come up with an idea about what you want to accomplish. Space out your tweets to coincide with events you have scheduled at your booth, like say, a product unveiling or a presentation.

Success Most Often Relies on What You do After the Show

When the booths come down, it’s time to follow up with all the qualified leads you were able to collect at the show. Using various platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook reach out to those potential clients that you spent time cultivating a relationship with on the tradeshow floor. Using these tools allow you to continue to continue to build the relationship without using the time consuming and antiquated phone call. Sure, it’s still nice to hear a voice when discussion business, but at this point, gathering information and building the relationship is key. When contacting potential clients, be sure to send each one a personalized message – perhaps something you discussed at the show.

Blogging. If you can swing it, have someone on your team draft several blog posts that you can share on your website. One thing I have found that helps create a relationship with a potential client is offering to share your blog post on their site (only approach them about this if the blog post favorable mentions their company). Everyone loves free content!

Lastly, take the time to build up you email list. Remember, these are qualified leads – time to get them on the newsletter list.

Common Mistakes Businesses Make When it Comes to Social Media

  • Relying too heavily on social media. Remember that there is no substitute for shaking hands and building a relationship on the sales floor. Social media is intended to supplement your interaction with clients and investors not be your primary point of contact.
  • Always have a strategy when it comes to social media. Just because things like Twitter and Facebook did not get their start in the business world, don’t assume you can take a casual mindset when it comes to how you use these platforms.
  • Proofread your posts – leave out slang, egregious spelling, and emojis.
  • Limit your posts to those that will have the most impact. Quality always trumps quantity.

Lastly, failing to interact with your followers can paint a negative picture about what your firm thinks about things like customer service and attention to detail. If you’re going to post, be sure you have someone on your team who is dedicated to interacting with your followers.

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With rumours abounding about the new iPhone 7 which is set for release in the autumn, everyone’s dying to find out more about what’s in store for Apple’s newest flagship phone. Here’s our sneak peak at some of the big changes that could be coming, from the edge-to-edge display to a new dual camera system.

iPhone 7 design

The new iPhone is likely to get a big upgrade in terms of design, possibly being even slimmer than the 7.1mm iPhone 6S, and likely to be somewhere between 6mm and 6.5mm, in line with the iPod Touch. While we think this might affect the battery size, it could be possible as the Samsung Galaxy S6 is only 6.8mm. As we’ve also heard that Apple are likely to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, this suggests that a slimmer body is definitely on the cards.

There’s also rumours that it might have an all-metal design, and that it might do away with the bezel completely. Sounds a bit radical, but it could be just what the iPhone needs. Robustness will also be a feature, with some Apple suppliers suggesting that it may have ‘rugged’ features, making it both water and dust-resistant, and that it may incorporate a new technology called ‘Pixel Eyes, which makes it easier to use the screen if your fingers are wet.

We’re also likely to see the removal of the ‘camera bump’ and the antenna bands, giving the phone a totally flat rear.

iPhone 7 screen

Sources at DigiTimes suggest that Apple is likely to incorporate a glass-on-glass screen, with the possibility of a QHD or even 4K display. If the iPhone does get higher resolution, then we might see the overall size of the phone growing too. However, we think that Apple will stick with the current 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch models.

Of course, the new iPhone 7’s sleek body and higher resolution screen will make using apps much easier, and you’ll find it a breeze to use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, not to mention playing your favourite online games and casino slots. With the phone’s battery life reported to better than previous models, losing yourself in a Clash of Clans marathon, trying your luck at virtual black jack or spinning casino slots at europalace.com are real possibilities.

New Features for the iPhone 7

We’re also likely to see the usual internal upgrade for the processor, but we’re also expecting to see a new dual camera system, stereo speakers and a much larger battery. At the moment Apple are trialling 3D Touch, wireless charging and Li-Fi technology, so we may see some of these being incorporated to the iPhone 7.

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Accessories

Wireless, cord-free Bluetooth earphones could be one of the biggest innovations in terms of iPhone accessories, especially if they’re planning to remove the headphone jack completely. However, it’s more likely that it will come with Lightning cable-based headphones, and that the cord-free Beats will be sold as a premium accessory.

We think that the iPhone 7 will hit the stores sometime in September, particularly as the last few models have all been launched in this month, although we are hearing rumours that it might be brought to the market a little earlier.

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Are you considering alternatives to conventional growing techniques? Hydroponics offers a real alternative, and is rapidly growing in popularity. Here we take a look at what’s required, and some tips, to successfully grow radishes hydroponically.

The main advantage offered by hydroponic growing systems is the fact that growers can cultivate and harvest crops year round in spite of any inclement weather or indeed the need for agricultural land. HYDROPONICS even works in extremely cold climates where conventional growing techniques would not be possible. Hydroponic growing also eliminates many of the common bug and pest problems associated with growing crops conventionally.

Many growers have reported excellent results when growing radishes hydroponically.

Balanced nutrients

One thing to focus on is maintaining the correct balance of chemicals in the nutrient solution which is used. In particular, higher nitrogen levels may lead to excessive top growth in place of a well formed radish root bulb.

Excellent results have also been achieved by adopting a two-stage approach to feeding; focusing on growth-rich solution in the early phase, while top leaves grow, and then later switching to a root-targeting solution to optimise the development of the edible root part of the plant.

Hydroponic systems for growing radishes

There are various hydroponic systems available and often choosing the best one comes down to matching a system with the space available and budget, among other factors. However, most systems work on similar principles. The nutrient solution needs to be delivered to the roots of the plants and this is normally done either through a reservoir and pump system, with plants supported in grow tubes, which continuously streams the solution across the roots (continuous-flow) or a system where the plants are supported in individual holders and the roots are simply suspended in non-flowing solution (static-solution).

Lighting and temperature

Regardless of the type of hydroponic system used, the plants need plenty of light in order to grow – either natural or artificial. And, depending on the climate, an ideal temperature should also be maintained to achieve optimal results.

Varieties of radish

Interestingly, good results have been experienced with all types of radishes, although quick-growing spring radishes seem to do particularly well when hydroponically grown. Asian and long-season radishes have also produced excellent harvests when grown in hydroponic systems. Generally speaking, harvesting is best done when the root systems are still tender.

Storing radishes

Following harvesting, care should be taken to avoid splitting, which can be caused due to the change in water pressure. This can be avoided by transferring mature radishes to the refrigerator, packaged in damp paper towels, and storing in plastic bags to maintain moisture levels.

Hydroponic growing of radishes is incredibly efficient, inexpensive and eco-friendly, and with germination rates for radish seeds around 80%, you can look forward to a bumper crop of beautiful and tasty radishes.

 

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How to Get Your Music Online

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You may be a traditional musician, just a songwriter with a guitar, an orchestral flutist or a garage band. Whatever your roots, you’ve realized it’s time to take your game to the next level and start digitizing your music. The internet is full of possibilities to share and collaborate with other musicians, get work and promote yourself. These days you don’t need a label backing behind you to produce professional quality recordings in your own home.

Keeping the business of music in mind, any musician can use the internet to promote and sell their music all by themselves. In this article we discuss how you can become a true one-man-band with the help of some hardware, software and musician-friendly sites.

Get Technical

Even if you play physical instruments in your live performances, the software and hardware gadgets made available to musicians today are more than just luxuries, they’re becoming necessities. While these tools are not necessary to start sharing and profiting from your music online, you should seriously consider them ifyou ever want to make digital music, edit your live recordings or make the most of collaborations and samples.

DAWs are Digital Audio Workstations where you can upload recordings, record directly to them, or create music within them using digital instruments. Some DAWs have compatible MIDI controllers, like Ableton, who publishes Ableton Live and Push to work together for digital artists, DJs and other musicians.

DAWs and MIDI controllers take a little time to learn, but you can check out Ableton tutorials and others to get started. Once you become proficient you won’t have to depend on anyone else to mix and master your recordings. You can create your own high-quality files to upload, share and sell. With good MIDI controllers, you can create entire songs in minutes using digital instruments you’ve never even held in real life. It gives you an amazing amount of versatility for live performances and recording sessions alike.

Where to Post Your Music

Now for the hubs that will become your new home as you start sharing music. There are a lot of places online where you can share your music and videos, but always keep your eyes and ears out for companies trying to take advantage of your hard work. Don’t sign up for any site which takes too much of your money, strips you of copyright or hold you to any other shady contingencies.

  • YouTube: There are plenty of people from Justin Bieber to Katy Perry who found their success from YouTube. In addition to being a place to be discovered by new eyes, YouTube is an extremely familiar place to send existing fans- just tell them to subscribe to your YouTube page.
  • fm: A favorite of independent musicians, Last.fm makes recommendations to its listeners and cycles new music to new consumers. It’s a great way to get your message out, and you can decide whether people can access your music for free or through subscription only. Last.fm also provides musicians with helpful statistics on how their music is being received.
  • Spotify: Like Last.fm, Spotify is built to list and recommend independent artists alongside popular, existing artists, so it’s a great way to get associated with successful musicians. Spotify pays you per stream.
  • SoundCloud: While SoundCloud may seem like a hard sell to independent musicians, as they only offer an invite-only sign-up form for their “shared revenue” option, where they share money made from advertisement with their artists. Short of this Premier Account, SoundCloud is essentially a social-media based streaming service. Users and artists are encouraged to communicate with comments, likes and follows, so it does provide an opportunity to get your sound out to a receptive audience.

The Future of Music

Record sales are still alive but consumers are ready and looking for music online. Give your fans and prospective audience a chance to hear you by posting on a variety of platforms and keeping your technical skills up-to-date. It’s your job to use technology to your advantage, not to let it pass you by.

 

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However attractive the cost savings of operating a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in the workplace may seem, allowing staff access to mission-critical apps and information on their personal devices, will always have its risks. The trick is in balancing out the financial efficiencies and operational positives against the potential impact of a handset being remotely hacked or falling into the wrong hands.

So is BYOD a security breach waiting to happen or are there ways to manage the risks and make use of personal devices in the workplace without dicing with flirting with disaster on a daily basis?

Managing the BYOD Ecosystem

Businesses will often become distracted by the issue of which types of devices should be allowed to access which important services. As a result of this selective approach there can be a reluctance to embrace BYOD policies because of a fixation on potential rogue devices connecting with legitimate systems and siphoning valuable data in the process.

The reality is that businesses should be less concerned with what devices are eligible to participate in a BYOD scheme and more focused on the types of apps and data which are accessible on portable platforms as a whole.

Successful management of BYOD comes down to the question of what services are best suited to mobile access and identifying what data simply cannot afford to be exposed to theft. Any action taken to block or ban certain devices and services will only lead to employees circumventing and overcoming these obstacles, creating more problems than are solved.

Staff are generally comfortable with using personal devices and public cloud solutions for work purposes, with or without the approval of the business, and so a properly managed BYOD solution should seek to nurture this in a productive and secure manner, rather than letting risk-taking behaviour become commonplace.

Outsourcing your IT to a reputable management company and harnessing mobile device management (MDM) platforms are two strategies that can reduce the risks of adopting a BYOD strategy, without overstretching your in-house resources. The assistance of third party specialists can be invaluable in this area, particularly where small businesses are concerned.

Some mobile manufacturers and OS developers offer their own MDM solutions, while others have cross-platform compatibility for a broader approach which factors in the wide range of devices that different employees are likely to own.

Identifying Weak Spots in Data Security

Businesses are regularly told that they risk having sensitive data stolen at every turn. But what value can criminals gain from stolen data and how might it be used maliciously?

Everything from customer records and payment information to details of business projects, sales figures and account passwords will be on the list of data that outsiders will want to get their hands on by any means necessary. And since hackers can gain access to this data either by gaining direct access to a device, such as a lost smartphone or laptop, or remotely over a network connection shared by vulnerable systems on which it is stored, every BYOD policy inevitably has to consider these weak spots.

If and when information is compromised, hackers can use it to perpetuate fraud, make illegal purchases and commit any number of additional crimes. Such actions cost companies and individuals around the world billions of pounds each year, which is why even small businesses cannot afford to ignore the risks they face.

Creating a Culture of Responsibility

It is not enough for businesses to identify potential weak spots in data security. Training staff in the safe, secure use of their personal devices is the best way to make BYOD work effectively in an enterprise environment.

As well as this companies must actively instil healthy habits in employees by seeking to engender a culture of personal responsibility, so that each staff member understands their own responsibility in keeping company data safe and the consequences of not doing so (both to them personally and the business as a whole).

Personal devices are intrinsically more valuable to workers than any equipment supplied by their employer, so the question of damage, loss and theft may be less pressing because people may have a vested interest in keeping a smartphone or tablet safe. That being said, people are more likely to have their own mobile phone on them most of the time, which means there are far more opportunities for it to get lost or stolen.

Businesses must ensure that employees immediately report any loss or theft of a device that contains or has access to sensitive data. Without this, incidents can go unnoticed and vulnerabilities may be exploitable for protracted periods. Enabling phone location services and the remote data wiping capabilities present on most modern mobiles is also sensible for the same reason.

It’s not good if a staff member waits until Monday morning to report their device stolen if it happened on Friday night. In these situations, speed can be of the essence.

Ultimately it is necessary for businesses to take pre-emptive action and create an effective, resilient BYOD strategy which can prevent security breaches, rather than frantically deploying one after a breach has occurred.

 

About the author: Dave Blackhurst is a Director at Evolvit a Bristol based IT support company helping some of the region’s most well known businesses. Dave is passionate about IT and helping businesses reduce their spend whilst improving service.

You can connect with Evolvit on Google + and LinkedIn or call 0845 880 4554.

 

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In the modern world, web hacking and data breach are hot topics. In fact, they regularly hit the headlines, especially when there are large companies involved. The likes of Vodafone and TalkTalk have both been hit by hackers in the last twelve months. It’s a serious threat that risks the business and its reputation.

So, if you’re a business owner should you be worried? More importantly, what should you do to prevent the same thing happening in your company? Well, there are a variety of small and easy prevention measures, and we’ll discuss them here. There are also one or two bigger things you can do, which we’ll explain later on.

  1. Passwords – One of the most effective methods of protection is a strong password. It might seem like a small and insignificant defence against hackers. But, it does provide a complex barrier for them to negotiate. Hackers can generally only penetrate a good password by detecting patterns. If you (and your employees) use the same passwords time and again, a hacker could get around them. However, if you keep them varied and change them regularly, you’ll stay safe.
  1. Encryption – Encryption is a method of data scrambling. It takes your message or data, and jumbles it into unreadable jargon. It becomes incredibly difficult for a hacker to use or even access. Again, it’s a relatively simple technique that has been used for over a century in various forms. In many cases, you can simply activate it across your email system. However, do ensure that all your confidential data is encrypted too, no matter where you store it.
  1. Data centres – If passwords and encryption are the simple options, a data centre is the larger method. It is often a complex and expensive option. But, if you run a business that manages a lot of confidential data (like customer information), it’s the only choice. A data centre is secure, private, and confidential. It’s also backed up and protected. Most of them use data centre cooling systems to keep them from overheating too. All in all, it’s the very best way to store your important data.
  1. Cloud services Cloud services are a relatively new form of data storage. Yet, they are set to become the future of all data storage and hosting. Small, accessible options already exist, such as DropBox. You can simply upload your data and files onto  a secure server at one of these services. There are also much larger options served by private companies. These offer huge amounts of secure space to store data safely and privately.
  1. Don’t forget real world security – Lastly, don’t forget about the real world. In fact, a large majority of hackers access data through an employee’s laptop or phone. In other words, it was the device that was compromised. Make sure you’re keeping your equipment locked up and close to hand.

Follow the advice here closely, and don’t take any risks with the safety and security of your data. It’s never been more important to protect your confidential information online.

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All of your favourite products once started out as a humble prototype. The Apple iPhone, your TV, a lamp. All products go through this same production process. At the heart of the process is a long prototyping phase. During this stage, designers and inventors create a working model of their product. It allows them to get a sense of its form and function. If you’re looking to start a business based around a product, this is essential. Does it look and feel right? Does it function correctly? Doing this allows them to avoid any mistakes in the main production. So, how do you go about doing this?

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Early Mac prototype (photo source)

  1. Market research

It all starts with a long period of market research. The more background knowledge you can acquire, the better. Research the existing market and see what competing products are already out there. Does you product already exist? If so, what can you do to separate it from your competitors? What will give it the market edge? Next, look at your target audience. Research their desires and needs. What can you do to your product that better suits them. After all, they’re the ones that will buy it!

  1. Sketches and designs

With a ton of information in your hand, you’re ready to start sketching. These initial drawings will help you visualise the product and plan it out. It will allow you to get a sense of size, proportion, and shape. All of which are essential before you jump into the prototype stage. You’ll probably go through hundreds of reams of paper trying to get it right. And that’s a good thing! Once you’re happy, draw up the final designs on a computer CAD program.

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Early iPhone inspiration? (photo source)

  1. First prototype

Your very first prototype is a simple, rough version just to gauge the size and shape. In fact, many inventors use things lying around the house to create this first prototype. You can make it using bits of cardboard, string, or balled-up socks. All you’re looking for here is the feel and shape of your product. If it’s handheld, does it fit in your pocket? Is it comfortable to hold and use?

  1. Main prototype

If you’re happy with the design, the size, and the shape, it’s time to move on. Now you can create the working, functional prototype. At this point, some developers choose to build their own prototype. However, it’s often more beneficial to outsource it to a production company. They’ll have access to the necessary gun drilling machines and 3D printers. All the things required to create your working prototype. They’ll soon send back your first functional product.

  1. Feedback

With your final prototype in hand, it’s time to start the feedback process. Start by getting together a focus group of your target audience. Let them explore the prototype and play with it. What do they like, what don’t they like? Have you missed any opportunities or are there any gaps in your design? It might mean going back to the drawing board, but this feedback is essential.

With all this complete, you’re ready to embark on the full and final production! It’s an exciting process, but take your time. Good luck!