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.