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.”
By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune
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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“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.”
By Richard Chin, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“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.”
By 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.”
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.”