DIGI And NASA Are Working Together On The Internet Of Space

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“MINNETONKA, Minn., March 4, 2017 – Digi International, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, announced that on Monday, March 6 at approximately 12:20 p.m. C.T. its Digi XBee 802.15.4 modules will be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of a test program for wireless communications within satellites and payloads from the International Space Station (ISS).”

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Connected Car Venture Zubie Names New CEO Gary Tucker

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Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 6.33.37 AM“MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, today named veteran automotive industry leader Gary Tucker as chief executive officer.

Tucker will guide Zubie’s efforts as it accelerates its growth across the automotive sector while building on a strong position within the insurance and fleet sectors. Growth in these markets will further expand the scale of Zubie’s data insights, which will in turn enhance the value proposition for all enterprise customers.”

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HabitAware Sees Half A Million Investment For Wearable Tech

Local wearable tech startup HabitAware has raised $510k of a $550k round, per recent SEC disclosure.

Co-founded by husband and wife duo Aneela Kumar and Sameer Kumar with partners Kirk Klobe and John Pritchard —  HabitAware’s Keen bracelet is designed to stop bad habits from happening.

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3M Launches ‘Smart’ Hearing Protection

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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

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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

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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.

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

Collabatory

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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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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