Internet of Things (IoT)

Connected devices, Single Board Computers, Sensors and management of Connected device data

Moving from "Maker" prototyping to Final product

Given the plethora of open source hardware and software available to developers, it's relatively easy to put something quickly together to do a particular job. But taking an initial breadboarded prototype to a commercialisable product is a more challenging task

Here we see an example of the general path taken, from basic breadboard (lots of wires), to a tighter breadboarding, then a minimal stripboard and finally a custom designed and routed PCB. I wrote an article about the full end-to-end project here on CodeProject

Basic Breadboarding Tighter Breadboarding Minimalist Stripboard Custom PCB


The final design can then be printed at a PCB fabrication house and hand assembled (in small numbers, for testing mainly) or once tested, sent to be manufactured. In this case I designed a generic sensors board based on an Arduino Pro Mini, with both a range of different sensors as well as SigFox communication chip built-in (along with an OnBoard antenna) for use with batteries in ultra low power sensor applications. These images are of the prototype stages of the Siguino project