Picking the Right Bluetooth Module

So you want to build something that’s Bluetooth compatible but you don’t know where to start looking for the right module. Like most electronic components, the choice really depends on what your project intends to do — is it a wearable? Will it need to broadcast information to multiple points? Will it be outdoors? And, of course, what’s your budget on this thing?

We’ve gathered some of the most popular Bluetooth modules out on the market today and accumulated all the essentials into one table. Everything from price per unit to power receiver sensitivity, you’ll find all the information you need to pick the right module for your project.

Picking the right Bluetooth module

The Periodic Table of Hardware Engineering

Following up on last week’s post on how to get your prototype manufactured, we’ve collected and organized 126 resources for each phase of hardware engineering. From ideation to distribution, we’ve made it super simply for you to find what you need in one consumable table.

Did we miss any? What are your favorites? Drop us your picks using #PTHW

Update: We’ve also built a clickable version!


8 Critical Checks Before Turning On Your Prototype

Last week, Upverter CEO Zak participated in Hardware Workshop Toronto, where he led a presentation on manufacturing prototypes to local startups and entrepreneurs. Even for people who deal with hardware, we often find that people don’t have a clue, or know where to start when it comes to getting their ideas mass/manufactured. So we put together a slide deck to shine some light on the topic, covering everything from the hardware lifecycle to how to find a manufacturer in China.

But it wouldn’t be fair to keep the goods for just the people who attended the event, would it? Here’s a link to the deck, as well as the checklists we made as handy resources. Feel free to download and share!

The complete slide deck

Hardware life cycle

Download the hardware lifecycle here.

Turn-on checklist

Download the Turn-on checklist here.

Infographic: Choosing the Right Development Board

The hardware revolution is picking up steam. Oculus Rift, Nest, Basis, Pebble. Big new companies selling hundreds of thousands of units, and exiting for billions of dollars. So naturally, you want to start a hardware startup of your own. Good! You’ve picked the perfect time.

But before you get to a real life product, you’re going to have to get your proof of concept working. While development boards are the easiest, most affordable way to test and prototype your idea, we know that it can be overwhelming to choose the right one out of so many options. That’s why we’ve put together this handy infographic to help you find the development board that will jumpstart your project.

Development Board Infographic