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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A Minnesota First: Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour Is Opening In St. Paul

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“St. Paul, MN – October 25th, 2016 – Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour, Minnesota’s first Virtual Reality Arcade, announces the opening of its first Twin Cities location, which offers a high-end, curated experience for a special event or an unforgettable night out.

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Beta Byte: Pi-Hole

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-06-38-pmBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

Pi-hole

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Pi-hole prevents ads from being downloaded for every device on your network without the need to install software. This helps save bandwidth because the ads are never downloaded. In addition, it helps protects users from malvertising.

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[VIDEO] IoT HackDay 2016 Final Demos

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-9-43-49-amBy Tyler Gieseke

The third annual IoT Hack Day is an all-day hackathon in which anyone can form a team and submit an idea for a new “internet of things” product. A grassroots effort, organizers included: Justin Grammens, Patrick Delaney, Dan McCreary, Lauris Grundmanis, Eric Tsai, Brock Johnson, Rama Prasad and Rolf Biernath.

On Hack Day, teams have 12 hours to get as far as they can in creating their products before presenting their creations to peer attendees at the end of the day. This year’s event was held at Minnetronix in St. Paul and we filmed the outcomes:

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Local Drone Startup Sentera Launches New UAV To See All The Things

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screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-2-13-57-pmVia News Release

“Minneapolis, MN, October 27, 2016: Sentera, LLC brings game-changing aerial data-capture capabilities to the industry with the revolutionary OmniTM Quad-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Omni naturally partners with a gimbaled Sentera Double 4K Sensor – creating an easy-to-use, precise UAV package for the Inspection, Survey and Mapping, and Agriculture industries.”

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MN Drone Startup Sentera Taps Distributor Down Under

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sentera, LLC, a global provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions signs a reseller agreement with Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions, Australia’s leading provider of custom drone systems to the aerial agriculture, mining, cinematography, and industrial industries.”

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Bone Bots: More Minnesota Surgeons Are Using Robots

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screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-5-25-17-pmBy Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“The bone bots are coming. A new wave of robotically assisted tools for knee and hip replacements is moving into specialty centers and hospitals around Minnesota, and the number of procedures appears poised to spike in 2017.

The surgical robots carry big price tags, but people who use them say the cost is made up in quicker recovery times and more predictable results, especially in complex cases.”

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Stratasys’ Q2 Moves Continue In 2016 Turnaround

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stratasys-objet-500_largeBy Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

Stratasys did not slow its cost-cutting measures in the second quarter, once again shrinking its losses by $4.5 million from a year ago, During the three-month period ending June 30, revenue dropped 5.5 percent for the Eden Prairie-based manufacturer of 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems. From sales of $172 million, the company ended with an $18.7 million loss.”

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