May 8, 2015 2:47 pm

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement has taken society by storm. Thanks to Pinterest and other crafting resources, there is nearly limitless information about crafting wedding favors, refinishing antique furniture, sewing clothing, and many other useful DIY tutorials. Even the technology and innovation/invention industries have welcomed the DIY movement. Through 3D printing and creator workshops, crowdfunding, online coding tutorials, website builders, and smart phone video and audio, the product innovation realm has embraced the DIY movement wholeheartedly.

  1. 3D Printing and Creator Workshops

3D printing is changing the way we think of creating. People are empowered to take their product ideas and create accurate models or working prototypes on their own. Because the printers are becoming more reasonably priced, it is realistic for an average middle-class citizen to own a personal 3D printer. This accessibility could change the landscape of innovation because people can have the resources to produce prototypes or products without having to bring a third party into the mix. Subscription-based creator workshops such as are also assisting with this. When creating a prototype or product, creators may be limited to the tools on hand. With the help of these subscription-based creator workshops, which boast essentially any tool you might need, such as a band saw or expensive design software, you can work on your project at your convenience.

  1. Crowdfunding

To say crowdfunding is popular would be an understatement. With nearly 200 different crowdfunding platforms in the United States alone and a global volume of $2.8 billion dollars, crowdfunding is on the rise and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Crowdfunding platforms can be game changing for inventors that want to maintain sole financial ownership of their idea. Crowdfunding is a DIY tool because it enables inventors and product creators to raise the funds they need without seeking corporate financial help. These services can also be useful for marketing and brand awareness, creating a buzz around your product before it is even available to the general public. Crowdfunding will continue to help inventors bring their ideas to fruition for years to come.

  1. Online Coding Tutorials

An online presence is essential for creating a new brand or product. Without a clean, functional website and an excellent social media presence, it will be difficult to get people on board with your product. The problem is hiring someone to create a website is expensive, and retaining them to make changes to your website is even pricier in the long run. Recently, there has been a movement to teach coding in an easy, interactive way, sometimes even for free. Learning to code or troubleshoot your own website will not only save you money, it will also save you time and sanity. Sites such as , , and have lessons for every type of learner – from novice to expert, and even tutorials for children. By utilizing these online coding tutorials, innovators can take matters into their own hands when it comes to website creation.

  1. Website Builders

Stunning, interactive websites are very popular now. Nearly every big-name brand has some sort of interactive widget on their website. These intense projects which require a web designer usually come with a large price tag and plenty of troubleshooting. For those who do not have the knowledge or budget to create an interactive website, there are website builders which can create almost any user experience you desire. , , and are some popular options. These WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tools typically use simple drag and drop interfaces, allowing you to create a unique, personalized experience at low cost with little troubleshooting. The program generates HTML while you simply choose and click what you want your website to look like. Website builders help product innovators to create their own professional, interactive websites without hiring a web designer or having to learn intense coding themselves.

  1. Smart Phone Camera Specs

Smart phones and their associated features are becoming incredibly powerful. Phones can now shoot video in 4K resolution and record clear, pristine sound. Although nothing can truly match the video and audio quality of professional videography equipment, smart phones are getting close enough to the real deal that a talented user could pass smart phone videography as professionally done. This can benefit product creators because they can shoot professional-grade promotional videos without utilizing other resources. Instead of renting expensive equipment or hiring a videographer, creators can simply use their smart phone or tablet.

By utilizing these products and services, inventors and innovators can bring their prototype and product ideas to life, as well as promote their brand. The DIY movement has influenced the product innovation and tech industries in a positive way by encouraging creators to get their hands dirty.

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