To be talented and have significant knowledge in electronics is something you should be very proud of. Not every person in the world is capable to understand how those things work. It’s a talent, just like art and singing is. There are people who can try to learn about electronics very bad and very hard, but they won’t be able to even understand a word. These things are visible since the earliest age at school. Some of you prefer math, others literature classes, and there are those who couldn’t wait for the physics class to start. Sometimes, you need guidance from someone more experienced, like your teacher, who will recognize the talents, and help you love science even more.
Those who go to engineering school understand electronics, and we can’t say it’s easy to learn it. Just the opposite, you have to be intelligent and dedicated too to understand how things work. When we talk about electronics, we usually mean the hardware part of the devices around us, because no matter how good some software is, if there isn’t hardware to support its work, it’s worth nothing.
The engineering students, or the enthusiasts, often create some smaller or bigger projects, test different prototypes, or sometimes get awards for an invention that is manufactured and distributed through the market. But, these things can’t happen overnight. Having an idea is the essential thing in the whole project, and checking the market if there is something similar to that is also something that should be done.
You still don’t think it’s possible to do something like that? Then, you must start working on your confidence and believe in yourself, and of course, read some of these tips and get very serious about your next project. Maybe you are the next person who will start something successful, just like Axonim did.
1. Don’t be afraid to learn more about the topic
You can read hundreds of books, and resolve thousands of issues, but there will always be at least one paragraph that you didn’t read previously. Every profession is changing, and you surely have to know the essentials, but upgrading your knowledge is something you need even more. We are sure you were a great student, but never underestimate the tutorials, guides, online courses, “how-to” videos, and every other material that can boost your creativity, or improve your current ideas. We are here to learn, and every new day is a chance to make improvements in your project.
2. You should have a prototype
All the successful designers and engineers first work on a prototype, that they use to test all the features they want to provide. The prototype will show the concept, test the risks, and detect the critical points that need improvement. You will anyway spend some electronic elements as you build the prototype, but it’s still cost-effective and predicted in your plan. Every product you know from the market went through this phase. This is the initial stage of the development, and shouldn’t be skipped.
3. Select the components and draw the circuit scheme
In the beginning, you will know which components you will need because they are limited, and their combination is resulting in modules, that will be connected to each other. But, before you do that, it’s always a good idea to draw the scheme or the diagram, see what do you need, and how you can use the components you have in the circuit. Combine the microcircuits, resistors, sensors, and connectors, according to the scheme you have. Creating an electronic project is not like playing with lego. You have to exactly know what you do at every moment because it’s very easy to connect the parts wrongly, and spending the components for nothing. And if that happens, don’t worry, learn from your mistakes and start all over again.
4. Design the electronic board
There are so many software solutions that help you design the board and test it virtually before you turn the project into reality. Add the virtual components, and turn on the switcher, to see how it works. It will help you detect the weak points, if there are any, and resolve them before you put the real components over the real printed circuit board.
5. Evaluation and debugging
You can write the software by yourself, or you can test with simple inputs until you see how things work. In most cases, you won’t be alone in this, since a whole team should support you with their skills and knowledge. Once you have the software and prototype, you have to integrate them and test the project. There can still be some issues that need to be resolved, and debugged, so the whole thing can work properly.
6. Think about the promotion
You have to show the prototype to a few people, share your idea with funding companies, or even ask for donations so you can release your product. That means you will have to promote your idea and attract potentially interested people to support and fund it, so you can turn the product into reality. It may be pretty hard and challenging, but it’s not impossible, knowing that plenty of companies are open to collaboration with inventors. So, if you are sure that you have a great idea, and it’s worth promoting it, contact some companies to represent what you are working on. Don’t lose your faith when you don’t get an answer, because sometimes it needs more time until it’s accepted. That gives you additional time to improve the prototype and hope that one day it will be turned into a product.
Today it’s pretty hard to have something unique and represent it to other parties because many young scientists claim the companies stole their idea. You must be very careful with that, and be very limited when offering your product. Don’t tell them all the ideas and how it’s done, so you can avoid situations like that. We assure you that one day you will find the recognition you deserve.