Firstly a huge thank you for all of the great support we have received thus far. In the short time that we’ve been around we’ve achieved quite a bit. So we thought it would be interesting to get a little bit of a behind the scenes on what it takes to build an IoT device from scratch.

Conceptualization

Ideas are a cheap currency. We thought we had some really brilliant ideas of some world firsts. Unfortunately, the reality is when you slap the term IoT in front of anything you get a world first… but when you realise IoT is a new term coined out of older existing technologies like telemetry you suddenly don’t have unique ideas anymore…

In our world, our biggest strengths were developing devices that could run for long periods of time without needing to be recharged. Long battery life was definitely something new which is why we targeted applications that required a long-running battery where existing systems either lasted a few days or needed constant power.

After a great deal of back and forth, we decided on our key projects. This phase was vital as virtually all our product capital would need to be spent upfront to develop the hardware.

Prototyping and Proof of Concept

This is the phase we’ve enjoyed the most. We bought every component on the market to test out what each one did with the view of either incorporating it into our designs or designing something similar but improved to reach our demands.

During our conceptualization phase, we made some bold promises… the core of which was if we do something we do it right. We spec’d out a device that would meet the most demanding requirements – perhaps in different terms, our spec was so far ahead of other devices we soon realised it would very quickly become a world leader – but we had to deliver.

Testing various devices was fun, sometimes hugely productive, sometimes just fun. Having fun while building is a big key to our eventual success. It allowed us to sometimes sit back and relook at our design or ask difficult questions of our design. We had one such conversation which turned the entire project on its head. Our CEO had a chat with our CTO about other options for power management systems on our device. In the space of just a few moments, our CTO was sold and began working on a new set of prototypes. That meant buying more “toys” and having more fun.

Interestingly, our CTO said a few weeks later that those types of conversations never happen with engineers simply because engineers aren’t taught to think that way. This is the beauty of the prototype phase… you get to break new ground, make progress and have fun.

Proof of concept time! Will it work the way we expect? The short answer is never quite the same. We were lucky in an engineering sense! When we setout to build a new device, and created specifications that would make it the worlds best we also decided to be methodically perfect in terms of design. We did our calculations, we did our tests, we asked hard questions of ourselves and we were prepared to make changes even after hours of hard work because we had a better, more efficient solution. This is why when we looked our our first set of data nothing surprised us – it was exactly as we had predicted (through a scientifically calculated approach).

Moving from prototype to full-scale development

We’re not yet at this phase but we will be soon. As soon as we’re at this phase my marketing team will make sure you know all about it because we want to make loads of sales.

TechThrive is an IoT specialist. We develop devices and solutions for clients that help them achieve business goals beyond their wildest dreams. Contact us info@techthrive.co.za and we will help you take advantage of IoT technology.