Here's a breakdown:One of the largest expenses I am looking at is a new CPU. Sure, I've got a computer. Its an Intel MacBook 4.1 from 2007, running OS X 10.5.8. Its a decade old, it can barely run the older versions of the IDE, and I can guarantee it won't run any of the software I need to run the tools I need or the CAD programs I plan on using for design and analysis. And when I do get a new CPU, I need to get one that can do all of those things quickly and efficiently and for a good number of years (so I don't have to upgrade again anytime soon). For this reason I am looking at a more expensive, higher end laptop. So that chunks out about $1000 right there.
From there, I need a decent 3D printer and a laser cutter/engraver for fabrication, which cuts out another $1500 dollars, assuming I spend about $750 on each machine for a well-rated, reliable product.
Then, all of the parts for both prototypes will end up being around $500. If I end up making multiple for each to get a working version, that'll be about $750. If I continue to make multiple of the working versions as planned, let's say 4-5 of each, then that adds up to about $2500 right there.
Add it all up, and the sum is $5000. Who said development from scratch was cheap?
As for the ideas, I have them written out quite plainly in front of me, with full sketches and the whole shebang, almost every key aspect labelled and explained. I won't post that here, though, because ideas are exceptionally easy to steal on the Internet. I do specify the nature of the ideas to the companies I reach out to, but they don't seem interested.
And yeah, my alias is Dangerously Explosive. When I reach out to companies, I use my real name, which I won't divulge here.Hope that answers some of your questions!-D.E.
I considered a Pi, but it doesn't fit the specs. I need to be able to make it portable and fast while running heavy programs like AutoCAD to do complex functions and rendering.
...As for a market, these are not large-scale things I plan on building, nor am I particularly interested in starting a business of any meaningful size, therefore the interest of the larger market is meaningless to me. I intend my ideas to act more as proof-of-concepts so that I can continue to develop them in conjunction with other makers and maybe even companies to the point where they do become more useful and popular among larger communities. I have scouted about, and I do feel that my ideas are genuinely new in a large number of ways, so there is no real way of telling who will and won't be interested once I have a working product anyway.
When I say I have my ideas written out I mean literally. On paper. With a pencil/pen. Same with the sketches, and materials lists, and possible functions and uses, and everything else related to the project. The perfection of the current ideas are questionable, because I really need to upgrade my CPU and start CAD-ing them so I can stress test virtually and hammer out any problems I find before I begin to build. Which is part of why I need funding in the first place. When it comes to design requirements, I do actually need to do some prototyping to set these in concrete, but I have a very good idea as to what they are and will be, and CAD will only solidify that idea.
Risks? What risks? Ohhhhh, THOSE risks. I don't think anything will be liable to explode, despite my alias, and the designs, while mostly new, are based on real objects and principles that are know to function well, and thereby can be almost guaranteed to work as advertised. The designs are meant to be at least somewhat robust and durable for their purpose, and will fit the standard for other designs in the same class and price range. Fools aren't really the ones I'm worried about, it's the folks with more money than sense who could be a problem. But that is what a warranty, user guide, and good liability clause are for. Besides, nothing is foolproof, and the galaxy would already be broken if all the fools in it weren't confined to our wet little dust ball of a planet.
It is a good idea to ask why companies aren't interested, though, and I'm glad you mentioned it because until now I haven't actually thought about asking. I'll work on that.
Any more questions?-D.E.
So you thought you'd ask on a forum dedicated to eight bit microcontrollers?Did I summarise correctly?