As a marketer and a market researcher, I get really jazzed when I find something that makes my job easier…a lot easier. And I just found something that I believe will revolutionize the new product development component of marketing. Here’s how:
When you are developing a new product, one of the major headaches you will experience revolves around getting comps (marketing or engineering) of your product to show potential investors, partners and/or distributors. Not only can this development phase be costly in terms of prototyping, but it can take a lot of time and people resources.
Well folks, I am very happy to say that times they are a changing as it relates to prototyping.
Enter the talented folks at PixelMachine!
To better explain how Pixel Machine makes CGI visualization work for their clients, let’s look at it in a “problem/opportunity/result” way.
Analysis Paralysis: Stop doodling and start rendering!
Problem: Building physical prototypes of products in development is fantastically expensive. Using illustrations and cobbled together mock-ups not only degrade the effect of the prototype, they can be at odds with your high quality (high price) brand strategy. Thus, your comps detract from your brand and leave you with zero interest with respect to investors and distribution partners.
Opportunity: CGI can create a realistic and accurate image and video of your product BEFORE it is actually built. Thus, it allows you to test your product in focus groups and elsewhere, gain valuable consumer and end-user insights and develop initial marketing materials before you have invested the huge amount of money in prototyping. Edits are quick and require only a re-rendering. Imagine that!
Result: Final renders (that model your product from supplied schematics or illustrations) are developed with accurate materials such as metals, plastics, glass, paper, etc. resulting in physically accurate images suitable for making mission critical development decisions and changes.
Departmental Inertia: CGI allows Engineering and Marketing to work together, imagine that!
Problem: You’ve spent money on in-house or contract CAD design of your product, but you need photorealistic images or video to promote the product in print, on the web or on mobile devices. Further, CAD rendering quality usually leaves much to be desired.
Opportunity: Leverage your sizable costs of CAD development by using existing CAD files for photorealistic images and video animations.
Result: Using your provided CAD designs, the company creates imagery (still and animated) that is indistinguishable from photography or captured video. They can animate product functionality, show exploded views, 360˚ rotations, etc. In the end, you receive hi-resolution images and videos of your products at a cost that is far less than ‘from scratch’ model creation… it allows you to get more mileage out of your CAD investment!
While you won’t ever really get around having to do physical prototyping, what CGI visualization allows you to do is do a better job at concepting and evaluating new product ideas before you spend the money, time and people resources to develop a physical product.
So what does this mean to me? As a marketer (and a market researcher for that matter), I can have a much more defined and evaluated product before I enter a market or look for “angel” funding.