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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 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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DIGI Makes Its Third IoT Acquisition In 15 Months

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digi-smarttemps“MINNETONKA, Minn.,Jan. 9, 2017 — Digi International, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced that it has acquired SMART Temps, a provider of real-time foodservice temperature management for restaurant, grocery, education and hospital settings as well as real-time temperature management for pharmacy, blood bank and laboratory environments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”

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ASTER Labs In Shoreview Is Developing IoT For The Elderly

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By Richard Chin, St. Paul Pioneer Press

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-16-37-pm“Here are a few gadgets we might see in the near future: A where-did-I-put-my-teeth smartphone app to locate dentures equipped with special antennas. A hands-free car wash for your teeth. A robotic toenail trimmer.

It sounds like fodder for late-night infomercials.  But research on these devices is being conducted by scientists in a Shoreview company [Aster Labs] who typically work on aerospace projects.”

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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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Target To Expand IoT Open House In Silicon Valley

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By Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

Target has temporarily closed its experimental retail venture Open House in effort to renovate the San Francisco shop to include new features, such as an early-stage products showroom dubbed “The Garage.”

In the year and a half since it launched, Open House has been the Minneapolis-based retailer’s hub for all things Internet of Things (IOT). New tech products geared toward the home have been its focus—think smartphone-connected light bulbs and outlets that can add voice control functionality to your lamps and entertainment system.”

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As Digi Draws Bids, CEO Seeks More Time To Work Strategy

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screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-3-59-04-pmBy Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Since he was hired two years ago, Digi International CEO Ron Konezny has received good marks for streamlining the company, jettisoning a business that didn’t fit, putting resources behind fast-growing products and widening the operating profit margin.

The stock price at the Minnetonka connected device maker rose from about $7 per share two years ago to more than $12 at times.”

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Digi International Acquires IoT Firm FreshTemp

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“MINNETONKA, Minn. Nov. 2 2016 — Digi International, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the purchase of FreshTemp, a provider of  temperature monitoring and task management solutions for the food industry. The acquired technology will continue to be supported, as well as leveraged within the Digi HoneycombTM solution, to create an advanced portfolio of products for the cold chain market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “

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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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