Many years ago, my friend Franco DeAngelis expounded to me the difference between a prototype and a product and the enormous effort it took to take a prototype and make it into a product. I was young and thought that he was exaggerating, but over the years I have realized that he had been telling the truth.
The gulf between a prototype and a product, is huge, especially for tangible products. For products that you hold in hand a large number of steps have to be followed to make sure that they work. And there is no easy way out if the fail. Unlike software products there is no upgrade or update that will fix everything, and product recalls are very expensive. So it is important to get everything right.
Let us say you want to make an electronic product that you hope to deploy in thousands. Here are the steps that you must follow
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