Prototype is a basic or preliminary model of something, from which other forms are developed or imitated. The word prototype is derived from the Greek word prototypon, which means “primitive form”.

Prototype definition (noun)

A prototype is an early working model built to test a concept, a process or a product which acts as a thing to be replicated, learned or further developed.

Prototype definition (verb)

Make a prototype of a concept, process or product.

The act of creating a prototype is called prototyping. Prototype is a term used in a variety of fields, including software programming, design, electronics, and semantics.

Categories of Prototype

Various types of prototypes are as follows:

  1. Proof-of-Principle Prototype
  2. Visual Prototype
  3. Form Study Prototype
  4. Functional Prototype
  5. User Experience Prototype

A prototype is developed to test and trial a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users.