Way OT, experience with product invention/development?
Does anyone have any idea how you take a product idea from a simple "wouldn't it be great idea" to an actual prototype and then ultimately to market?
I have the idea for the product. I even have a semblance of the major points of what it needs to be put together. But, beyond that- the actual electrical engineering, hardware, and software design elude me.
I also am not sure how to protect myself if I were to approach someone with the idea of developing a concept/prototype. I sort of think it might be patent-able as a whole concept- but I really don't know anything about that process except that it's time consuming and expensive.
Does anyone have experience here?