Product Design & Re-Engineering
Have an idea for a new product, or wish to improve and existing product or industry by integrating wireless IOT (Internet of Things) technologies?
- We help with:
- Solution finding & development
- Development, and integration.
Questions to ask
Who is the product aimed at?
This is also known as the product’s target market.
This is an important first step in the product design process and will influence the finished product.
As Yesway has ‘in house’ marketing degree expertise, as well as engineering development expertise. We approach and incorporate marketing tools into the product planning process.
Example tools include ‘Slept Analysis’, which stands for Social, Legal, Economic, Political, Technological.
Social: Is your proposed product going to appeal, or acceptable to your target market?
For instance, a new type of bikini aimed at the Iranian market is likely to be a sales failure.
This is because Iran is an Islamic country, where clothing modesty, is the social & cultural norm.
Another example I could give was when I worked for an International Defence Aerospace organisation. The company had previously sold a piece of military communications equipment to a foreign government
The company had previously sold a piece of military space communications equipment to a foreign government. The equipment was a standard
The equipment was a standard design and was shown to another foreign government, who were also interested in purchasing a system.
The ‘Social’ issue in this example was that Country ‘A’, & County ‘B’ were neighbours and rivals.
Country ‘B’ believed that their country & military were superior to Country ‘A’. This was a social factor, which meant that once they heard that Country ‘A’ had bought the same system
This was a social factor, which meant that once they heard that Country ‘A’ had bought the same system, they wanted a better system.
The solution was to re-engineer the same system to have extra ‘indicator bulbs’ on the control monitoring system.
Country ‘B’ was thus satisfied and bought the ‘improved’ system.
Legal: What laws affect your product?
One of the first questions to ask yourself when researching the answer is where are you planning to sell your product.
This matters, as you need to consider not only national laws but international laws also.
For example, if you were developing a LoraWan wireless connected sensor ‘node’, different regions use different radio frequencies.
Therefore you could not develop a product for the North Amercian market, and sell it in Europe, without complying with the relevant frequency laws.
Economic: Can your target customers afford your product?
What might be considered a mass market product in some markets (i.e, western Europe & USA), might be considered a luxury item in the developing world.
The product selling price is an important consideration, as not only will affordability been a consideration, but also desirability.
Studies have shown (such as Mercedes 190 case) that when a product is sold at too low a price, then it can be perceived as being desirable.
In the case of the Mercedes 190, those people looking for a prestige car, assumed the 190 was not as good as other Mercedes, as the price was similar to mainstream alternatives.
A model relaunch, with increased spec & price, resulted in sales taking off.
Political: What changes might affect your product?
Political changes are closely linked to Legal changes.
If you wished to produce novelty domestic incandescent light bulbs, then the ban on them, would affect you.
Research into what is happening politically is an important consideration, for both new and existing products.
Existing products, may be able to be ‘re-engineered’ to adapt them to new political policy changes, such as fitting more efficient engines to the ‘Land Rover Defender’, which enabled it to be produced for so long.
Technological: New technologies & disruptive ideas.
The world is changing faster now, than at any time in human history.
While once upon a time we used Thermionic Valves in our radios, transistors bought about product miniaturisation in the 1960s.
The 1970s saw ‘Silicon Chips’ being introduced, revolutionising computers, making them smaller and more powerful than their predecessors.
Want to buy shares in a VHS video recorder company? Thought not!
Constant analysis of new technologies, and what your competitors are doing with them, is essential.
Latest technology trends include VR (Virtual Reality), and the IOT (Internet of Things).
The above are examples of new disruptive ideas and innovation, which did not exist a few years ago.