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 download my
pre-signed Non Disclosure Form (see below), 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, and I will be happy to discuss your idea with you at no charge for up to 15 minutes. Call toll free: 866 427-8832 or 207 443-8942.
It is an unfortunate fact that less than 1 in 100 of the prototypes I have built have made it to market as a product. It is entirely up to you to work tirelessly at marketing and licensing your design. All I can do is build the best possible prototype that will help you to represent and market your design the rest is up to you!
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 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 enjoy learning about new product ideas and look forward to the possibility of working with you.
|DOWNLOAD AND PRINT MY NON DISCLOSURE FORM|
|Images of some prototypes|
|Some products I designed that made it to market|
|Some questions to ask yourself before you hire me to build you a prototype|
Views of my well equipped electronics lab and workshop.
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, special visual effects devices, and much more.
Be advised that I can NOT design smart phones or other highly complex miniature electronic products. New smart phones require the full resources of a major corporation to develop and cost millions of dollars and many months of work by an engineering team to design.
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.
PROTOTYPES and PRODUCTION DESIGN
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.
|Below are 2 prototypes and the stories behind how I built them|
Here's an article I wrote about
developing this product:
"Great Timing (Uh...almost)"
My client set up to make his product
at home, and eventually quit
after it did not take off as he hoped.
"...your work was
exemplary and it really sells the concept."|
Tyler Walz, Inventor, New York
"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 wanted to say that so far your prototyping services have been prompt, your prices excellent, and the service superb. You have really expanded our capabilities."
"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