This past Wednesday at the Ebay offices, the New York Hardware Meetup held its fifteenth monthly meeting, where sponsor R/GA discussed their connected devices accelerator, and makesimply announced an upcoming PCB workshop series.
Mini (as in the car company) was also in attendance, announcing a contest focused on “hardware making cities better.” Submit no more than 15 slides demonstrating an idea to make the city a better place, and email it by midnight on February 21st.
In the opening comments, predictions were made for New York to have a big acquisition in 2014, like Nest was for Google. Another prediction was the disintegration of open source hardware, with more regulations coming into place.
The first presentation was for Curvit, presented by Patrick Raymond of Food Network’s “Invention Hunters” and founder of the Inventors Association of Manhattan. Curvit solves the nuisance of shower curtains clinging to people in narrow bathtubs, by using plastic rods to curve the shower curtain outwards and create more space. The invention has a crowdfunding campaign (as of this writing) going on Indiegogo, and it ends on Wednesday the 5th going for a goal of $40,000.
Raymond also talked about pitch meetings he held with the store Bed Bath and Beyond, and described how he needed to have real statistical evidence that people would be interested in his product. He used survey monkey to get a representative sample size of five hundred, and figured out the price for his product through the same method. He asked about the price in three ways: What’s the most you would pay for this? What’s the least you would expect to pay for this? What do you think is a fair price for this? He then took those answers and used the average to come up with his asking price of $35.