Wow! What an awesome experience it is to take a product into a whole new world! The FirstLook 360 was built to be rugged and multipurpose but who knew the extent of it!… Last week we were in the UK and met with a prominent Police force to discuss law enforcement applications for the FL360 camera. The next couple of hours was a combination of enlightenment (for us) and excitement (for us all) as the cogs of our minds started turning and we explored the many potential use cases for the FL360 by Law enforcement professionals, it was a really eye opening experience. Follows is a quick summary of the areas this rugged 360 camera could be used.
Specialty Firearm teams, Emergency Response Teams, Prisons, Hostage Situations, Drug Lab Takedowns, Large Vehicle Search, Ship Board Void Search & Seizure, Room Entry & Clearing, Building search – attics, basements, crawlspaces. Additionally, the ability to record and share and playback a full 360 view of an area before carrying out an operation could be a real game changer.
We left a camera system for evaluation and trial can’t wait to get the feedback… more to come on this…
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We at Agility are incredibly excited to give you the Search & Rescue community a sneak peak into what we’ve been working on. Let me introduce FIRSTLOOK360, the First Wireless Streaming 360° Rescue Camera. Launching in early 2017, this will be the first camera of its kind offered to the technical rescue market and giant leap in technology in visual search. It was our goal with FL360 to utilize current consumer technology and mobile to make a product that was simple, modular, multi-purpose, and adaptable. Any rescuer experienced in the area of technical search can easily point out the weak areas of current visual search camera’s; they’re heavy, the mechanical articulation of the camera head is prone to damage, quick battery drain, configurations are static and the units are an expensive “one trick pony”. FL360 increases battery power, decreases search time, and allows a multipurpose tool that can be used in various technical rescue applications. (more…)
The role of a Product Manager (PM) is incredibly important to any organization and it’s direction moving forward. The Product Manager helps keep the company focused, avoiding “shiny objects” that may appear to be good opportunities but in reality are distractions. Products and enhancements are built and marketed based on market needs, regardless of how great a new innovation may seem. A PM cuts through the noise of hundreds of great ideas and customer requests to guide the organization down a path that results in maximized revenue at minimized cost. It is their role to persuade others to do what’s right for the company.
Josh Elman from Greylock Partners put together a great presentation on the subject and it’s certainly worth a read. Check it out here…….. “Let’s Talk About Product Managers.”
Great post from the team at Bolt. This is a very detailed 4 part series in the development of a product. Incredible read.
Check out any of the links above for more information.
The 3 Business Models That Matter for Connected Hardware Startups
Wire-free power delivers on the promise of true mobility, the freedom to roam where you want to without worrying about your mobile or battery powered devices running out of charge. While power cords and charging pads require you to surrender your device to a stationary location, WattUp™ gives you the freedom to receive a charge from anywhere within a 30 foot space. See more…
Shenzhen is a relatively new Chinese city purpose-built to cater to electronics manufacturing. If you’re serious about taking any type of consumer electronics product to market — robots, microcontroller-based projects, mobile phones, laptops, internet appliances, 3D printers, etc. — there is only one city where you need to be, and that’s Shenzhen.
Some great tips from Make Magazine for the novice product maker looking to China for manufacturing. Read more…..
The secret if finally out of the bag. The Duracell’s and Energizer’s of the world can no longer hide the fact, their batteries have a longer life than we thought. A new product called the Batteriser, available in September, will allow you to drain almost all the power from your off the shelf disposable batteries. Batteriser claims that “dead” batteries typically have 80 percent of their energy still inside. WHAT!!!!! Tsk tsk Energizer Holdings & Berkshire Hathaway (Duracell). It’s not all bad news though, I have a bucket of old “dead” batteries waiting for a new life and I won’t be heading to the local store for batteries for quite some time.
Check out the article by PC World.
Senic YC S13are a hardware startup dedicated to making the interactions between humans and technology more seamless and natural have shared their experience making their first product. They share some great insight as to how difficult it can be to design, build, and market a new product. Check it out here!
With the advent of rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and lower costs associated with machining and custom fabrication, the age of the hardware startup is here. It has become easier to develop a product and get it to market then ever before. Zdnet has a great article on the subject. Have a read…
Getting a new hardware product to market is getting somewhat easier but there are still some difficult challenges to face when going to market. Entrepreneur.com sets out to point out the most common obstacles and how to overcome them. Read more…..
Great article on the future of wearables growth by Bob O’Donnell from Techpinions. Read more….
Chip makers Texas Instruments and Integrated Device Technology joust for position in the wireless charging market. With the advent of Qi and PMA as opposing and incompatible charger technologies the industry saw a period of uncertainty over which standard would finally make it into the mainstream. It’s all up in the air (no pun intended) at present, but the goliath coffee giant Starbucks might have just made the decision for us. Like they did with WiFi, Starbucks is a major influencer in technology adoption and their decision to add Powermat spots (PMA standard) might just become the norm moving forward. More…..
When it comes to manufacturing trends, you might even say that Flexible is the new Fast. Rethink Robotics is introducing “Sawyer” a new robotic arm that has unequalled versatility and a perfect fit for a wide range of industries and applications. Check out MIT’s article on the company and where they’re headed. Read more……
Companies using Beacons to entice you to spend more money.
Swirl, a Boston-based startup specializing in beacon marketing, has raised $18 million from a slew of new investors, including Twitter, CEO Hilmi Ozguc told Re/code.
The federal budget, introduced on Tuesday, promises lots of government money to help businesses.
The manufacturing and resource extraction industries as well as small businesses will see most of that. There was little mention of the tech sector and startups.
Much the spending was announced with headline grabbing numbers: $1.23 billion over five years to encourage investment in the manufacturing sector, $1.35 billion over five years to support advanced research. However, most of that money isn’t set to start flowing for at least a year and some cases even longer.
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Every month I hold a webinar for my Abundance 360 executive mastermind members that focuses on different exponential technologies impacting billion-person problems.
This week I interviewed Padma Warrior, CTO and Chief Strategist of Cisco, to discuss the Internet of Everything (IOE).
Padma is a brilliant and visionary person, one of the most important female leaders of this decade.
She first got my attention when she quoted a recent Cisco study placing the value of IoE as a $19 trillion opportunity.
A great question and a rather important one. You’ve come all this way, and now its time to take your physical idea and bring it to the masses. It’s taken a significant amount of time to get this far and still there is one very important decision to make and one that can make you or break you. The vetting of a manufacturer does take time and a great deal of research and after reading this article post by Shopify, it made sense to share. It is lengthy but incredibly relevant to your decision. Please take a read.
How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Product Idea
Here is an interesting blog article titled “The Top 6 Challenges in Electronics Manufacturing.” I’m not necessarily convinced these are the “Top 6,” but certainly worth taking a read.
Top 6 Challenges in Electronics Manufacturing