Beta.MN / Byte: Collabatory

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

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Collabatory

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Collabatory provides value for entry startups seeking to develop physical prototypes. Our objective is to give them the edge to innovate faster by translating the product needs into and engineering statement for Collabatory to build the prototype. The startup will receive the finished product.

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[Slideshow] See The Minnesota Tech Appearing At CES 2017

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CES — the largest electronics and technology trade show in the world is happening January 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   2 million+ square feet of space will house over 4,000 exhibitors this year, featuring products—and the companies that create them — for the consumer technology market.

18 different Minnesota-based firms are represented this year (down from 22 lasts year) and in alphabetical order, they are:

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Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016: Cheri Beranek

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Cheri Beranek is our Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016

 
Clearfield’s success this year, with a stock price up ~48%, isn’t a flash in the pan for CEO Cheri Beranek, it’s the culmination of nearly ten years ongoing effort. If CEO of the decade was a thing, then Beranek is built to last.

Growth in the technology sector near and far has been made possible by fiber optical networks to the home, the office, the coffee shop, the hotel room, and everywhere in between.  Connectivity is everything in today’s world: we all want whatever we want whenever we want it. Oh, and make it even faster when there’s money on the line.

The higher level of connectivity, the more productive companies are. The communities where high speed broadband is available are the ones where the jobs are going and staying.  Behind the science of telecommunications, which we tend to just take for granted, is a local business that’s delivering success with the numbers to prove it.

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Uponor Looks To Tap The Internet Of Water

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screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-5-06-34-pmBy Nick Williams, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Uponor, a global manufacturer of plumbing pipes and hoses, is preparing to launch its new intelligent water system technology that will bring the Apple Valley manufacturer deeper into the internet of things market.

Phyn, a joint venture between Uponor and Belkin International, a maker of connectivity devices, will manufacture water sensing devices that will be attached to main water lines.”

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U of M Researchers Use Brainwaves To Control Robotic Arms

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“Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases. The study is published online today in Scientific Reports, a Nature research journal.”

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Medtronic Partners With Fitbit On Diabetes

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screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-16-48-pmBy Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

Medtronic will bring its iPro2 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system, a tool used in diabetes care, to Fitbit wearable fitness devices as part of a partnership between the two companies.

The medical device maker, which maintains its U.S. operational headquarters in Fridley, announced the collaboration on Wednesday. The company said the convenience of Fitbit devices would allow diabetics to more easily understand and monitor the relationship between exercise and glucose levels.”

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How Robots Are Changing Minnesota’s Workforce

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By Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

“On the main floor of Minneapolis-based Atlas Manufacturing, Baxter is hard at work: She places metal pieces on a giant machine in a process that bends and punches parts before picking up the pieces and carefully arranging them on a nearby counter.

It’s a repetitive task, and at times, agonizing. But Baxter doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, she’s able to do the work around the clock throughout the year — without requiring lunch breaks. Or sick leaves. Or health insurance. Or vacation benefits.”

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Used Electronics Retail Market Boots Up In The Twin Cities

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By John Ewoldt, Star Tribune

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-10-01-04-amAmanda LaGrange dumped the title Tech Dump. When the CEO of the nonprofit Tech Dump, a St. Paul-based collector and recycler of used, obsolete and damaged electronics, decided to open a new retail store to sell them, she figured “Tech Discounts” would be more enticing.”

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