Visual prototypes demonstrate the dimensions of the product, without going into specific details of the functionality, initially this prototype will be created at a low cost and a great deal of development is required before the final product is completed.
Prototyping early and often is an effective way of learning what works and what doesn’t, identifying the changes that need to be incorporated before you move forward and agreeing the best direction to go in. What can seemingly work on screen, doesn’t always work as a physical object. A prototype can be extremely simple in the first stages, it may be produced simply to help the stakeholders visualise the solution to the problem you are trying to solve.
Triteq is full of passionate, innovative people, so when you present the challenge of making any kind of prototype at any stage of product design or development, you will always generate an enthusiastic response. The added bonus of having all of our teams in one place, means that the resources, knowledge and skills are easily accessible, collaboration is a natural process and time frames are greatly reduced in comparison to the alternative of outsourcing.
alpha & beta prototypes
There are many different descriptions used to describe a prototype, some consultancies will talk about alpha and beta models. The clear definition lies in the context, but as a guide an alpha prototype is the first stage in the development of the product design, its intended use is a basic structure that could potentially be developed to become the actual product after risks and challenges are explored.
An alpha is the first functional prototype, but this may not have the full function of the intended device. It is used only to prove the aesthetics, ergonomics and hardware functionality. A beta model is generally a more finished version of the key features of the product and has the form and function to prove it is a solution to the problem you are attempting to solve. The materials used in the beta prototype may still change in the finished product. Rapid prototyping techniques are most likely to be used at this stage, as a more cost effective route to producing the prototype.