Which products are most likely to go viral
We all need electronic devices if we’re to lead happy, independent lives. So if you’re a young electronics specialist looking for new products to design, which are the most likely to achieve large-scale consumer takeup?Electronics have become an important part of their everyday lives, and the pace of technological change is accelerating, with new products being launched on a daily basis.
Almost all of the gadgets we use in our lives are electronic, and everyone uses them, whether for cooking, listening to music, or communicating with friends and family.
Our homes are full of electronic devices.
Look around you, and what you see? Heaters, fridges, air conditioners, laptops, and mobile phones so widespread that even kids have them. Wireless internet is becoming increasingly common, and again is reliant on electronic devices.
So what about you? Which of these product groups fires your imagination?
Let's have a look.
Creating everyday electronic devices
Entertainment and communication
Electronics have become more of a necessity than a luxury, and fast, cost-effective communication has improved the quality of life.
Just decades ago, the main uses of electronics were telephones and telegraphy, and we used them to make calls and listen to the radio.
But today times have changed, and it's easy to communicate with others in a matter of seconds. Mobile phones and television have played a major part in our everyday lives, and the development environment encourages innovation.
We use electric devices to prepare food, sometimes several times a day.
For example, the first thing you do on waking up may be to reach for the coffee machine. Perhaps you make dinner with a food processor, and use your wifi connection to download a recipe.
Once you've finished your meal, you can keep the leftovers in your fridge.
If you want to work in home electronics, it’s becoming increasingly important to specialize in electric devices like these.
Fashion and beauty
If your target market is beauty, there are lots of products you can use to improve on the existing technology.
When it comes to looking good, you can never have too many accessories!
For hair, there are heated curlers, curling irons, hairdryers, even electric hairbrushes. And for your face and body, there are massagers, electric cleansing brushes, and manicure and pedicure equipment.
Some people have already gone one step further and had electronic circuits 3D printed on their skin for a variety of purposes. These can identify and repair skin injuries and disorders, and also have military applications. For example, soldiers can be equipped with sensors that detect chemical and biological weapons. After use, the circuits can easily be removed with tweezers or washed off with water.
Working in the office
If you work in an office, you probably use a desktop or laptop computer, a phone, a fan, an air conditioner, lights, and other items. These devices are musts, part of the basic equipment that every business needs in order to work effectively.
So if you make high-tech business tools, you'll be supplying a big customer base with devices to manage a variety of tasks. These were once carried out using paper documents, but today every office has advanced information systems.
Health and medicine
Another sector that has seen many extraordinary new electronic devices is preventive and curative medicine.
One major innovation is ingestible electronic devices. These can be swallowed in a pill and used to check, for example, whether a patient has taken their medicine, and parameters such as body temperature and blood sugar, to monitor their reactions and progress. Ingestible devices can also be used for diagnostic purposes, for example to check for bacterial infection or monitor intestinal motility.
Now that you’ve thought about these various applications, it’s time to develop and prototype an idea that will make your fortune!