How do I invent an appliance? My idea is a novel modification to a household item, think something like a rice cooker. It has niche appeal and I am confident it would succeed if marketed properly. I've been thinking about this for almost a year now and I even wrote up a product proposal draft. I personally know myself and others who would use this invention every day.
But how do I get the ball rolling? I'm just a simple IT guy, not an engineer or industrial designer. I don't have a lot of money. The concept is fairly simple but things like which electronics to use and how to program them I don't know. And how would I go about manufacturing the widget on a large scale? Any guidance at all? Thanks in advance
im exactly in the same seat as you, i have came up with alot of products over years, but those have all been forgotten, though. Today i think i came up with something that would be really big and something i could make big bucks out of.
But yeah, im stuck in the same position as you.
okay, so he helps me draft the schematics and design, but then what? How do we go about marketing it, getting it made, and distribution? How to go about getting start up capital if I need it?
that's my problem to, the whole marketing/making it a sellable product. i would be fine with just making the product and selling it to another company, since it's both risky and expensive to make my own company. But still i dont even know how make contact with the bigger companies out there
My father owns a machining company we can make just about anything, we have every machine you would need to cut or size anything you needed down to the millionth of a millimeter also everyone there knows how to use just about every tool there is including me and my father told me if I ever wanted to invent something he has all the resources and I can use them
Unfortunately OP you have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Your best bet is to try to sell your idea, as mentioned, but generally you would first want to build a prototype and get a utility patent.
That part alone could cost you, who knows, $10 to $100k. If anon ITT helps you build a prototype that would be pretty sweet.
Once you have that you can try to set up a meeting with whoever you think might buy it.
I'll warn you though that most of the "awesome amazing ideas" I've heard over the past 5 years or so were mostly kitchen gadgets. Maybe the world doesn't need any more kitchen gadgets.
Are you willing to help me make a prototype of my idea? I don't know if you could do the electronics part, but you could certain do the outer shell and inner casing. Let me know and Ill give you my contact information if you actually think you can help me.
seriously, 10 - 100k? I don't have that kind of money. Also my idea isn't limited to the kitchen per se, it's a bit more general than that.
But what about investors? Crowd funding? This is the age of the internet, where barriers between product and consumers are minimized!
My product would be especially popular with young people. I bet if I could get my hands on a prototype and make a neat video promotion then I could do a successful kickstarter or something of that nature.
So you've thought of a new thing for the kitchen? That's a tough market and it's dominated by a bunch of big players. Your best bet is to make up a prototype and then try to sell the idea to a big company. Going alone you will not be successful almost assuredly. Although you might luck out.
Throw together some 3d drafts or make something that looks like a functional prototype out of other appliances and then make a kickstarter. Once you get enough $$ just hire an engineer to do all of the design instead of giving away 50% of your co.
This. If you are serious, its your new hobby. this weeks hobby time? Crash course in 3d modelling/drafting. Newxt month? Diy electronics and schematics.
Bteak it up into pieces and get advice from here even, /diy/ has a LOT of electric knowledge, and if you put in hobby time for 6 months i bet you could get enough of a prototype to make something happen.
If you do into 3d models, shapeways dot com is a 3d printing service that will print whatever you send them, theres some affordable materials.