By Aashish Mehta, National Instruments
edadesignline.com (December 08, 2009)
In today's competitive environment, prototyping is necessary to understand customers, create a new market or attend to what has been ignored by industry leaders. The big problem is that most engineers don't see the benefits of prototyping and are not convinced that it is an effective way of developing and using a prototype.
This article covers the basics of why, when to and how to prototype (Figure 1, below) and discusses the main reasons why dedication to creating a prototype will prove to be fruitful in both gaining visibility for your product and also getting an early taste of whether your idea will resonate with targeted consumers.
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