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Anyone familiar with Bluetooth BLE systems?

cactusandy's Avatargold

I am in the early stages of a product idea that would involve Bluetooth BLE connecting to various electrical components. I talked with an electrical prototype development company in NY, and they gave me a ballpark development price of $15,000 - $20,000 for the development of this product (just the electronics, doesn't cover the industrial design/casing)- however I am almost certain that what I am wanting already exists but is contained in several different types of products. In other words, if you took pieces from 3 or 4 different products and put them all together it would create what I am looking at making. There is no 'new' technology for my item, just repackaging existing technology and putting the pieces together so they function properly. I know that this can still be a tricky thing to put together, but can't justify (or afford) that type of $ for electronics development for a prototype.

At this point I am looking for someone who I can work with to create a 'works-like' prototype for the item. I know my own limitations, and I know I can not do this by myself. If anyone knows anyone who I can hire who is experienced in this type of product (and is OK with my limited product development budget), or knows of any good resources, please let me know.

Thanks

Andy

David
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williamj's Avatargold

Andrew,

Have you considered tech schools? Some of those students are amazingly impressive. Designing the necessary circuit as well as developing the needed circuit board is well with in their capabilities.

If you do want to try this route don't forget the NDA. Some sort of small fee would most likely be involved, students need to eat to. And, depending on the professor/instructor extra credit for the participating student may even be possible.

Best of luck

David
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Andrew this is pretty straight forward BLE devolpment.. Sparkfun and a Makergear both offer pretty wide open development boards that are programmed for testing with an easy to use app...if your looking for python or C programming to custom scrip the software just look for a arduino programmer on Fivrr and create a logistics flow chart...the pricing you got is insane... We have done a few bluetooth products for POC and spent well under 2k .. While I can't offer my services to you it's very easy to find arduino groups online and even Craigslist.

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cactusandy's Avatargold

William and Brian - thanks so much for your input, as it is much appreciated!

Brian - is the Sparkfun/Makergear products user friendly - could someone with basically no background in this type of product be able to figure this out on their own, or is it more designed for people with some background in these type of products/systems?

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lll put it this way...you could teach yourself and learn for ever and grow your experience..youtube has channels basically to get you up and going.. in essence pay no one... is that worth saving a few grand for?? Even if it takes you two months to learn id still say thats cheaper than a basic tech school course on microboards..but again I am an addicted Maker so I always like to learn lol !!

google search for "tiny BLE Uart" and youll find a simple approach

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sunto's Avatar

interesting challenge I like what William posted . Good luck with the prototype.

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