Android Things — the new swiss-knife to build hardware
| Hardik Goswami | - @geniushkg
Yes, you got that; it’s correct.
A hardware product is hard to build for various factors involved with it. And even harder for a startup to build one when resources are scarce and success purely depends on time-to-market with the product that people will want.
Cost - According to Subhedar of Bang Designs, any hardware startup needs a minimum investment of USD 1 million to 1.5 million to build a prototype, while its software counterpart can have a prototype ready with a few thousand bucks.
Risk - Software is built on top of multiple re-usable components, so it is possible to reuse code in case of pivoting, which is not possible for hardware products. Anything that comes out of the foundry is permanent and can only be sold differently by changing the packaging. Everything else remains the same, unless there’s lots more money to burn.
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