Where an idea or concept does not have an obvious solution then some brainstorming, research, and experimentation will be required, the results of which will be written up and presented as a report.
Having a good idea is one thing, but turning it into a commercially successful product is quite another!
The purpose of a Feasibility Study is to establish that the idea can be developed using economical components and methods into a sound and manufacturable product.
A feasibility study will consist of:
The outcomes of a Feasibility Study are:
- Assessment of requirements
- Formulation and writing of a Requirements Specification
- Acquisition of components
- Design and building of breadboard circuits
- Collation and analysis of all test results
- Preparation and publication of a written report
If the outcome of the Feasibility Study is positive, it would normally be followed by the main design phase, during which prototypes are built and tested for conformance with the Requirements Specification. This is an iterative process, whereby the design may need to be modified in the light of the test results.
- An evaluation of the viability of the product
- A strategy for implementing the design
- A sound basis for further development