Before embarking on full scale development, conduct critical initial prototyping on the basic technology inputs.

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How does it work?

Isolating known technology questions, identifying risks and conducting carefully contained prototyping to rapidly provide knowledge and reduce risk.

Identification of key unknowns

After technology strategy work there are usually several key risks outstanding and impossible to eliminate by research alone. Further experimental work targets these, ensuring that future work is well founded.

Selection of suitable testing

For identified risks, a technology testing approach is identified. This will require a design methodology to be selected which is appropriate to learning more with a time and cost constrained mindset.

Building prototypes

Identified testing approaches will lead to the creation of basic elements. Using off the shelf testing and data collection techniques, we will rapidly resolve underlying questions and the scene for future System Prototyping.

Improving specification

With Feasibility Prototyping used to address key risks, the outline design of the system can be clearly defined. This will involve the results of the testing and a selection of the remaining system elements.


Feasibility Prototyping is a fast track way of building strong foundations for further investment in product development work. It is critical in the identification and resolution of a range of questions that can emerge. Examples include basic measurement, materials selection and power consumption.


At the end of the Feasibility Prototyping stage, technical risks are reduced and the basic building blocks are more clearly defined. The design of a System Prototype in the next phase of work is considerably simplified and clear.


“Working with the Thrive team allowed us to de-risk our planned technology roll-out. They delivered a body of research and concept work to our team to guide and inform decision making at board level.”

Barry Nee, CIO, Care UK

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