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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
I specialize in developing electronic products for individual inventors and small companies.
|If you are an inventor or
has just found this page of my web site and need an electronic product
developed, I encourage you to read all the way through this page, and
follow some of the links herein. Then if you want to request a
prototype, you should
pre-signed Non Disclosure Form, sign it
and return a copy to me before you tell me about your invention.
Your idea is protected once we both have a copy with both our signatures
on it. Of
course if you already have a patent filed or granted there's no need for the form!
You may call me between 10:00am and 8:00pm Eastern US time (I am in Maine). I will be happy to discuss your idea with you at no charge for up to 15 minutes: 207 443-8942.
A good reason to have a prototype made is to demonstrate that your idea is viable and can actually work. In recent years I have been talking with many inventors that have ideas that simply can not be built. Often their ideas defy the laws of physics, or would be extremely expensive or impractical to make. Most non-technical people do not understand that it take millions of dollars and the resources of a major corporation to design a cell phone! In an initial consultation, I can help you determine what is practical and cost-effective.
I consult with product development companies as their outsourced engineering department and can also refer you to associates that can complete aspects of your design that fall outside my skill set, such as plastics and mechanisms.
I enjoy learning about new product ideas and look forward to the possibility of working with you.
Over the years I have engineered a broad range of products including: medical and industrial prototypes, toys, consumer products, novelty products, pet training devices, research equipment, sports and hunting devices, and much more.
HOW I WORK
I am very concerned with the user interface and look and feel of electronic prototypes that I build. I work to ensure that the functions are simple and intuitive with buttons and displays ergonomically placed for easy access.
After I learn about your design, I may be able to offer improvements or changes that you may not have thought of that enhance the value of your design, in this case I request that you add my name to your patent. This simply gives me credit for improvements to your design and does not convey any obligation to share the potential profits from your design.
1. You sign a
Non Disclosure Form
with me - or
you have already filed a patent, or have a patent granted.
In my workshop I can fabricate simple basic enclosures from scratch using acrylic and aluminum or from modified off the shelf components. I bring my art background to the construction of working models by applying a high aesthetic to the prototype's look and feel. For a more polished look I can work with my associate Justin Aiello of Aiello Design. Justin is an experienced product designer who can design the housing for your product in 3D CAD and show you a rendering before creating a 3D prototype in plastic. He can also guide you through the steps to get your product manufactured in the US or offshore.
|TIME ● QUALITY ● PRICE - You can only have 2!|
|SOME PRODUCTS I DEVELOPED THAT ARE ON THE MARKET|
i designed the proof of concept working prototypes for this product in 2009 for LandMarc Products. It went on the market for the Christmas 2011 season. It attaches to the Christmas tree trunk and plays "Jingle Bells" when the water level is low which is sensed by the brass electodes. Provided with the kit are a tube and funnel that make watering easier - no groveling under the tree!
|The prototype used through-hole components, and the manufacturer simply re-designed it using miniature surface mount versions and the same code and basic design. They added ears to the plastic housing so it could be strapped to the tree with a loop of Velcro™ tape.|
Client's original concept
Prototype LCD screen
in 2011 i developed this product prototype in collaboration with Tarlow Design in California. The idea is this is similar to a magic eight ball, you press a button and then shake it and it will give you a response on the screen and audibly in a friendly voice. The client had created an original concept which was much smaller than was practical to actually fabricate. My first working prototype is shown at left displaying one of many responses. We started with a device that would only display text on a screen, and later added a speaker for the voice playback as well.
This product sells for $20 and is doing quite well on the market and a percentage of the sales go to support charities.
(Safety Automated Monitoring Instrument)
i developed a first proof of concept prototype electronics for this device in 2009. It is designed as a self-contained autonomous emergency shutdown system for wellhead valves equipped with pneumatic or hydraulic actuators. The SAMI uses a microprocessor to monitor a variety of pressures, temperatures, levels and other signals to control the master and wing valve actuation to close on alarm or via command from the communication system. The device operates from a solar charged battery and can send emergency signals to a head office.
SAMI II station
In 2015 I developed this product in collaboration with Aiello Design who did the case design. It is a very sophisticated device that connects to a music player and special ear-buds that stimulate pleasurable sensations in sync with music. It went on the market in 2016 after a successful premier at the CES show in Las Vegas.
had an idea a couple of months ago for an invention I thought might be
worth pursuing. I had the idea, but that was about it. I was otherwise
clueless as to how the process of going from napkin sketch to prototype
actually worked, or what was involved in design and production.
Following many internet searches, I found Guy Marsden’s website, and I
decided not to give up - here was a human (not a faceless corporation)
who could help me with the process! From the initial conversations
on, Guy was generous with his in-depth knowledge of the prototyping
process, and (thankfully) was willing to work with me, a complete
novice. He answered my questions honestly, pointed me in the right
direction for more information, had some great recommendations for next
steps and collaborators for design work – in short, I could not have
asked for a better mentor through the process of prototyping my
invention. I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with Guy on this
project, and will look forward to reaching out to him for future ideas.
He is an extraordinarily talented artist, creator, and problem-solver
who was able to make my abstract idea into a reality, and a working
prototype that I am incredibly happy with."|
Marguerite Swallow, private inventor
"I cannot stress enough the gratitude I have for your attention to detail, professionalism and devotion to this project. The workmanship is truly second to none and I look forward to developing this product through to production."
Ben Mulloy, private inventor
"I really am pleased with our dialogue, you seem to understand what I am talking about when I write or ask a question (although maybe I am not sure myself), and you are patient in explaining it to me."
Stephen Dawson, Inventor, Washington
"I am very impressed about the final product prototype. It look more better and beyond my expectation. I saw your fine touch and hard work which make me more attached to continue dealing with you."
Abdullah alRasheed, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Saudi Arabia
"Both Lauren and I want to commend you on the quality of the work that you put into the prototype. We were impressed with the appearance as well as the ease by which we could utilize the various aspects inherent in the prototype. In addition, we appreciate the effort that you put forth to complete the prototype as quickly as you were able to."
Gayle Stroh and Lauren Rosen, Astro-2000 Inc., Michigan
"I think you've done an excellent job in understanding the project and in bringing it to life. I can't tell you what a pleasure it has been working with you - it is soooooo refreshing to do business with an honest person."
Diane R., Inventor, Ohio
"The mechanism you built is really excellent and I must send you my congratulations for having grasped the whole idea so lightningly fast, and for putting it together with such expertise."
Gerard Sunnen, M.D. President, Ozonics International, LLC, New York
"(The prototype) is cosmetically beyond my dreams. When we go to manufacture it, we will not change a thing. Just tell them to build it like it is. Prototypes never look like this. Excellent job."
John Fantuzzo, IRC Surplus, Texas