3M Launches ‘Smart’ Hearing Protection



By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Determined to expand its consumer safety offerings, 3M Co. has introduced a “smart” hearing-protection headset for hunters and shooters that automatically measures and cancels out specific gun noises while simultaneously amplifying voices and phone conversations.

3M’s device, the Peltor Sport Electronic Hearing Protector, was introduced last week with positive reaction at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas.”

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Hidrate Spark Founders Work Through Hiccups


By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 9.26.49 AM“Young entrepreneur Nadya Nguyen and her three partners at HidrateMe, have discovered that entrepreneurship is not an easy drink of water.

Nguyen, 24, a University of Minnesota graduate, suffered from headaches during her school days, until a medical-school friend suggested she drink more water. Nguyen, a busy, intense young woman who also had to work during school, tried to hydrate more and get more rest.”

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Beta.MN / Byte: Collabatory



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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What distinct problem does this solve for who?

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


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

by The TECHdotMN Team


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


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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Via News Release

“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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