Top products from r/hwstartups

We found 23 product mentions on r/hwstartups. We ranked the 27 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/deimodos · 3 pointsr/hwstartups

Others friends have used:

Mitsumi - super common, affordable, not necessarily high-end

Maxon - Swiss, highest of the high end, used on Mars robots, etc. $150+

Weird Drone Racing Motors - haven't heard of any of these guys but you can tell they're eaking out every ounce of performance

Tamiya, Kyoshi, Goki and other Japanese model companies make some great motors. Maybe not for mass production.

Global Sourcescan be a good source for vendors - I see "Sinopro" comes up a lot.

Last but not least, I liked this book:


u/nickpinkston · 1 pointr/hwstartups

Yea, I LOVE the Bauhaus - that's what got me thinking about it. Just finished this book [1] on 20th Century architecture which covers a lot of stuff - nearly all it from the Germans. It's a fascinating time!

However, I want something more like this book [2] but for the German history. I can't wait to visit some of the awesome German engineering / science / tech museums.



u/gordo1223 · 5 pointsr/hwstartups

A guide like this would be priceless. Is any of it written yet? I think that your biggest challenge will be packaging that knowledge into a package that is approachable and easy to follow.

Stanford put together a reference like you're proposing for medical device development that helped me a lot in my first medical device project ( Unfortunately no one outside of academia has ever heard of it.

In terms of what I'd pay for something like this, I'll answer your question in the same way that I ask from your side of the table. Less than $10 would feel cheap. Greater than $40 would be too much. Probably a good value between $20 and $30. Given that people would need these various pieces of advice over many months, have you thought of a monthly access fee?

u/YikYak · 1 pointr/hwstartups

This relies a lot on contract work, I would try to partner with someone who knows or learn as much as you can. Much of what you want is not difficult but is somewhat time consuming to learn. I'd recommend giving Prototype to Product a read. It was just published this year and gives a really great overview of developing a hardware product from the ground up including cert info.

Also FYI, you should use a pre-certified module for wifi and not design in the wifi yourself. The pain to get a working design and the extra $10k to certify it with the FCC isn't worth it unless you're selling a lot of units.

u/AlanNYC · 1 pointr/hwstartups

Have you read this book called "Race Against The Machine". It was written by these smart guys at MIT. They have determined the same thing. It is a good read:
I have researched this topic for my master's thesis and all the data points to the rate at which this is happening as the issue and the problem. The pace is not comparable to what happened in the past. So you can't compare what is happening now to what has happened in the past. It is an interesting topic. Thanks for posting it.

u/bobbaddeley · 2 pointsr/hwstartups

I like the list of 5 at the beginning. But that's some fancy equipment there. I had to go cheaper.

My soldering iron is this one: $20 and I'm on the first tip and do SMT all the time and use it almost daily.

And my oscilloscope is this one: which cost me $90, and I can take it anywhere.

Even my multimeter was <$10 (DT-830B), and it works FANTASTIC. I had to purchase new leads because the originals eventually wore out, and the leads alone were as much as the multimeter.

Their rework station was a pretty good choice, though.

I guess it depends on your needs, but for me doing development of a large PCB with over 300 components almost entirely SMT with I2C and UART and PWM and 80 pin microcontroller, those tools were sufficient.

u/mantrap2 · 3 pointsr/hwstartups

Honestly start-up 101: if you ARE NOT marketing to a niche, you are doing it 100% wrong! Read Crossing the Chasm for more info. Still relevant and true.

True about sales - no product ever sold itself and "build it and they will come" has never been a reality.

Selling a brand - well up to a point. Selling a brand without a product is worse than selling a product without brand. The best case: sell both!

u/daguro · 2 pointsr/hwstartups

I don't know about that one, but I liked this one

Marketing High Technology, William Davidow

u/tokingdomcome623 · 1 pointr/hwstartups

This is a really good one:
Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding 2E: An Introduction

u/Johnny_Dough-hook · 1 pointr/hwstartups

Would this work?
The link is from amazon, but the seller is SFCable who does a lot of wholesale business as well.

u/zer00eyz · 8 pointsr/hwstartups

Or you can save a hundred bucks and be disappointed as soon as amazon can get it to you:



How is repackaging an existing product a "hardware startup"

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/hwstartups

As long as the coil is aligned along the axis of the virtual stripe it can be swiped, or held still. I think it is swiped because that makes more sense to people. The other option would be that it has a coil for each bit on the card and these are energized with DC depending on what you want the card to send to the reader. I think this is unlikely as you would have to have such a high density of coils(though it is not impossible.) It would not offer any real benefit over a single coil.

These might be before your time, but they work in a similar fashion. There is no tape inside. Just a coil that induces a current in the tape head.

Source: Entirely speculation on my part, knowing how card readers work.

u/thirru · 1 pointr/hwstartups

My top 3:

u/mattthebaker · 1 pointr/hwstartups

No, the cheap ones are semiconductor. According to the product line comparison from that BACtrack company, their entire consumer line of breathalyzers are semiconductor based. Ultimately, would you put a police grade sensor in a novelty phone accessory? That company's bluetooth based product is fuel cell based, so you're right the BOM might be a bit more. A product could be built on semiconductor sensors for that price and likely do well in that market. Maybe that is how the breathometer will position itself, as $150 for this kind of toy seems stiff.