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mindentropy:
Hi All,

   Not sure if this is the right place to post. I am thinking of  developing boosterpacks/shields and was wondering whether I can transform this into a half decent side business. I would love to hear all your feedback on this with any tips on how to start off, whom to talk about the current needs etc. I have some vendor Field Application Engineer contacts. Is it a good idea to contact and ask them about what type of shields are needed.

Thanks.

EEVblog:
I assume you mean Arduino Shields.
There are already countless people producing them, but niches exist.

David_AVD:
And shortly after a new type comes out, a Chinese version appears at a cut down price.   ;)

mindentropy:

--- Quote from: EEVblog on September 28, 2013, 07:41:10 am ---I assume you mean Arduino Shields.
There are already countless people producing them, but niches exist.

--- End quote ---
Arduino shields, MSP430 booster packs, beagleboard capes.. This is just a side income to supplement my regular income to gain experience and knowledge.
I am interested on how to get into niches? Whom should I be talking to get this information?



 

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: mindentropy on September 28, 2013, 09:08:41 am ---I am interested on how to get into niches? Whom should I be talking to get this information?

--- End quote ---

No one. Because someone else's pet idea doesn't necessarily translate into a good niche idea.
Niche ideas generally come about because you can't find what you want in the market already.
Think up you own ideas and then see if a board to do that exists.
Often with niches, unless you know the market intimately, it's often just pot luck if a niche items will be popular. It's a suck it and see thing.
And the old fashioned advice of "do whatever you enjoy" generally holds true also.

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