Because Its never “JUST” a Prototype
A functional prototype is a sample or model of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a visual prop to be replicated, improved, and learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming, but is most common in product development. A visual prototype is designed to test and try a new design to enhance precision by inventors, investors, and potential consumer users. Visual prototyping serves to provide a visual product impact instead of an individual imagined view. Functional prototypes are the step between the mental formalization and the actual look, feel, and basic function of an idea, invention, or new product.