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Brent Polishak at Hardware Innovation Summit 2013



The 1-1/2 day event kicks off with a VC panel, "Pitch Your Prototype," and "Getting Started, case studies of maker pros with early stage products. The Innovation Showcase follows, a unique opportunity ...

The 1-1/2 day event kicks off with a VC panel, "Pitch Your Prototype," and "Getting Started, case studies of maker pros with early stage products. The Innovation Showcase follows, a unique opportunity to casually engage with over two dozen makers who have their cutting-edge products and devices on display. Creating an almost magical atmosphere where hardware innovation and creative genius generates spirited ideation, the Innovation Showcase is not to be missed.

Wednesday was an all-star lineup with over 30 speakers representing leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders at the forefront of the maker movement. Investors, industrial designers, product development teams - anyone looking for insight into the early stage companies with the potential to change the global business landscape - should attend.



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    • Brent PolishakCo-founder and presidentBeyond 5@MoleculaMaestroThings and the Internet
    • 2
    • 3A little background…
    • 4Wearable OpportunitiesWearable OpportunitiesImprove health/fitness awarenessImprove health/fitness awareness(FitBit, Jawbone, FuelBand, etc.)(FitBit, Jawbone, FuelBand, etc.)Reduce cognitive overload or distractionReduce cognitive overload or distraction((Pebble, Google Glass)Pebble, Google Glass)Personal Customization / UtilityPersonal Customization / Utility((LunaTik, Tiktok, “Glassware”)LunaTik, Tiktok, “Glassware”)Personal Wearables - $10 BPersonal Wearables - $10 B(2016 – Gartner)(2016 – Gartner)Smartphone Accessory Market - $20 BSmartphone Accessory Market - $20 B(2012 – ABI)(2012 – ABI)US Apparel & Jewelry Manufacture - $40US Apparel & Jewelry Manufacture - $40BB(2013 – IBISWorld)(2013 – IBISWorld)WearablesWearables have to seamlessly integrate w/have to seamlessly integrate w/everydayeveryday physical & digitalphysical & digital tasks and behaviorstasks and behaviorsRelevant MarketsRelevant Markets
    • 5Devices:Rigid & BulkyPCBs, Batteries, etc.Lack Laundering DurabilityWater + Air + Heat + Contortion= BadFunctionalityMake soft & stretchy devicesKeep’em clean / Make’em cleanablePeople:Soft & ConformalStress & Strain variableDisgusting & require cleaningForm FactorVs.
    • 6MSE Perspective:Product Development
    • 7Current electronic forms:PCBs, Resistors, AntennasAdvantages-Allows on-the-fly circuit re-design-Additive-based (minimizes waste)Disadvantages-Component connectivity(conductive adhesives & tape)Source: the-interactive-book.com
    • 8Thin Film Processing:Inkjet: .005-.500 /SqΩFlexographic: .000002 /SqΩGravure: .000002 /SqΩScreen: .007-.060 /SqΩSimple Testing/Experimenting Professional Testing/ExperimentingPen - $950 mL - $2855 /SqΩCuring Process:Thermal & Photo Sintering(depends on ink)Price VariesPrice Varies1 kg >$751 kg >$75
    • 9What you can make:Stretchable substrateswaterproof enclosuresAdvantagesBiocompatibleHighly tunable mechanical propertiesExcellent thermal stability andbarrier propertiesSource: Fast Company
    • 10Dow Corning Sylgard 184$40-60 / quartSimple Testing/Experimenting Professional Testing/ExperimentingSpecialized Monomers:Yield different properties(More hydro-phobic/-philic, Solventresistance, etc.)Monomer Dependant>$100 / 500 mL
    • 11
    • 12What you can make:Water-, oil-, andmicrobial resistant coatingsAdvantages:Easier access to electronics w/out encapsulationDisadvantages:Coating-based surfaces are not permanentSource: Chinese academy of sciences
    • 13Simple Testing/Experimenting Professional Testing/ExperimentingTwo-coat set$170 quartSpecialized Coating formulationLarge product batch processing
    • 14Useful & Informative Internet Stuff-Mechanical engineeringoriented-Great for property data,manufacturer info, etc.Material science & industry news- Chemical distributor(Only sell to professionals)- Great for chemical &thermal property data- Categorize productsby application