Invention Prototyping Services

The 30-Second Breakdown!

You have an idea for an invention that will make your personal life easier, bring you great joy and entertainment, or that can be mass produced to make you a millionaire by next weekend. What you do not have is the electronics prowess, tools, or time to build such a device and so you’re in need of help. I am the guy that is going to help you and I’m going to do so on a much more personal level and at a much lower cost than my competition with their fancy buildings and enormous financial overhead.

What  type of inventions can you prototype??

I am able to build from scratch pretty much any device that relies on wood (any), plastics (polycarbonate or acrylic), and/or electronics. I can do some metals but my shop is limiting me on that right now, perhaps in the near future after a few more prototyping projects I’ll be able to upgrade in that direction. If you’re uncertain of whether I can help you with your project get in touch with me and we’ll figure it out. Circuit boards are always initially designed using one of many prototyping breakout boards and breadboards to save you costs, before the conclusion of the project I will convert all electronics to a custom circuit board for a truly authentic invention.

Some examples of products that I’ve invented or am in the process of inventing include: Remote Vehicle Access via Smartphone, Live Video Feed Drones, Live Video Feed Submersibles, Word Clocks, and more…

How much will it cost me and how long will it take?

I wasn’t going to put this section in here because there is no possible way for me to provide you with a project cost or time-line without a project description. I imagine it’s fairly obvious that time and materials alone would vary greatly if you were building an alarm clock compared to building an underwater exploration vehicle. I did choose to include this section however to state that my process is 100% transparent. I will outline my step-by-step process below and I am confident that it will make you feel comfortable about my pricing structure and the lack of any real financial commitment until you’re able to see exactly what every penny is being used for.

So what’s this process of yours?

I’ve established a step-by-step process over the years that protects both parties and serve both of our interests at the same time. The goal of this process is to establish a layer of transparency between you and I even if we’re hundreds of miles apart. Throughout the entire project it is important to remember that this is your idea, your project, your million dollars; you will be involved in every step and in every decision. Your questions will be answered and your concerns put to rest as they arise, there is no step below that excludes those rights at any time. The process is as follows:

Step One: Determine the Possibility

You will submit to me a very basic overview of your idea. This overview will not go into any more detail than is necessary for me to determine if your project is within my skill-set and if I have the required time to take it on. I will contact you in return to advise you either way, either I can or I cannot take on your project and if I can, we move on to step two.

Step Two: Accepting & Protecting Your Idea

The email that I send to you stating that I am able to build your invention will contain an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) in an effort to protect your idea. You’re welcome to either sign and return it to me, forward a different NDA of your choosing for my signature, or forego the legal stuff and advise me to move on without an NDA. Regardless of which of those options you choose, you will be asked to forward $128 to my Paypal account and as much detail as possible about your idea as you can at this time. The $128 fee covers step three…

Step Three: Evaluation & Estimation

I will re-study your idea with the additional details you’ve provided in step two. Once I’ve wrapped my head around what it will require, I will begin researching electronic circuit components, housing materials, programming requirements, project time projections, and labor costs. All of this information will be consolidated into a single spreadsheet that will be easy to read and understand without requiring any technical knowledge. The financial component of the spreadsheet will be itemized to the penny, there will be no question as to where you’re money is going. Depending on the scope of your idea, this can take 7-10 business days. Your initial $128 fee covers two hours of research which I find to be average, you will never be asked for more money at this stage. 

Step Four: Approval & Ordering

You have an NDA protecting your idea and for only $128 you have documentation of everything you need down to component level to build or have your invention prototype designed. All you need to do now to get the project moving is to send me an email instructing me to proceed and forward the total amount of all materials and 50% of the estimated labor charges to my Paypal account. Once received, I will order all parts necessary to begin prototyping your invention.

Step Five: Housing Construction

I will update you once the necessary components have arrived to start building the project housing and construction will begin. From this point forward in the project you will be updated no less than weekly with pictures of our progress. This is generally the step that has the most delays if any, and this is because your input is vital as the housing serves as the primary viewpoint that your consumers will see, thus aesthetics and safety are very important and must be agreed on. Project housing will be complete or as completed as possible depending on your project prior to moving to step six.

Step Six: Electronic Prototyping

The initial round of electronics implementation will be done using various breakout boards and bread boards. This allows us a sort of plug-and-play workflow to show proof of concepts and verify that everything works before committing to the expense of custom circuit boards and soldering. At this stage your updates may include videos as well as pictures to demonstrate your working product. Once we have a functional solution that you approve of, we move to step seven.

Step Seven: Custom Electronics

A schematic will be designed or redesigned from the previous step to illustrate the electrical and logical flow that will be required by your custom circuit board. I will run tests against it, sleep on it, and share it if you’re interested prior to submitting the order for your circuit boards to be printed. Once they arrive – and after pictures of course – I will install them in the project housing, program the circuits, and power them on to verify proper operation. This step is only complete once your approved housing has custom circuitry installed that carries out your request at a level that you again approve.

Step Eight: Make Pretty

Depending on the project this may be as simple as sanding and staining a piece of wood, polishing acrylic, or it could involve custom decal printing and application. Either way, you will of course be involved at each step and the result of this process will be your finished product that you approve of.

Step Nine: The Exchange

Having had all of your questions answers, concerns addressed, and having seen video evidence of your brilliant idea realized; you will now forward the remaining 50% of the original labor costs. As soon as that is received, I will forward your prototype to you in safe packaging including all receipts for all parts, all plans and schematics, and any other documentation that was created or collected along the way. 

What are the chances of you stealing my idea?

The list of reasons why I will not steal your idea is ridiculously long but I’ll share a few with you.

  • I do not have time to market, manufacture, sell, or get that involved with yet another idea no matter how good it is.
  • You have the option of signing an NDA prior to us even discussing your idea in detail. I do not have time and cannot afford legal battles.
  • Your idea although probably great and original to you, is most likely not that original. People think of amazing ideas all the time but ignore, forget, or let them go because they haven’t the time, ability, or inclination to bring them to fruition.
  • Even at the most basic overview level, your idea was originally sent to me via email, thus admissible in court. See bullet point 2 regarding legal battles.

Why are you so affordable?

The truth of it is, I have a full-time job doing other things that I am really good at. This is a hobby and way for me to get involved with really great, new, and exciting projects while making some extra money so I can take my family on well deserved vacations. The likelihood of me ever charging thousands of dollars to build something that you can turn around and sell for millions is extremely low, my labor rates run in the ballpark of $64/hr which if you’ve looked around, is quite the steal for an electronics engineer.

What is NOT included?

I am not and will not get involved in your patent process if you intend to go that route. U.S. Patents are as far from fun and interesting to me as it gets and that’s yet another reason I care not to steal your idea. Everything involving a patent including the research for authenticity of idea, filing of the paperwork, laws governing it, and so forth are on you. If you give me the budget and instruction to build then I will build, if you later find out that John Do invented that four months ago then I can brainstorm with you on a way to make it better or different but that’s the extent of it.

You should also understand that the end result will be a prototype. I do not have plastic molding or steel milling services, your product will probably not be showroom quality. It will however be in the best possible condition that I am capable of proving because I take pride in my work, and it will function as well or better than originally intended. You will be able to take your new prototype to an investor and not have to try to explain your idea from drawings alone but instead from a real working model.

Do not wait until you see your invention on TV!
Let’s start the prototyping process now…