Mayo Testing Kardia Mobile To Detect Irregular Heartbeats Using SmartPhones

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“Bob Hauser is fun at dinner parties. He entertains, he tells old stories, and occasionally the retired cardiologist will diagnose a friend’s atrial fibrillation right there at the dinner table. It’s happened more than once.

Hauser, who is retired from regular practice at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, has been using a wireless, consumer-oriented device called the Kardia Mobile [by AliveCor] to test his friends when they complain about unsettling sensations in their chest like a racing heart beat or palpitations. He has used the smartphone-enabled device to detect quivering or potentially dangerous fibrillation in several acquaintances who went on to get care from their regular doctors.”

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Minneapolis 3D Printing Startup Captures $225k NSF Grant

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chromatic 3D Materials is poised to change the world of 3D printing by inventing the next generation of printing materials that will deliver the durability required for finished manufactured goods. The startup was recently awarded a Phase I National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at the highest level, and advanced to the Minnesota Cup finals, the largest statewide startup competition in the country.”

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[Updated] Astro HQ Blasts By A Quarter Million Of Crowdfunding In <72 Hours

Updated 8/24 11:30am CST: Astro HQ is flying high as they breeze by a quarter million in crowdfunding capital in under 72 hours of the mission. This trajectory is faster than two previous big MN hardware wins Spark & SmartThings — both of which have sailed to great heights (and moved HQ from Minnesota to California).

Astro HQ, known for their signature design iOS app Astropad (and winning the 2015 Minnesota Cup Grand Prize), has launched a new hardware product via Kickstarter called Luna Display:

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Achin Bhowmik, Starkey Hearing Technologies

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Thank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Achin Bhowmik, Starkey Hearing Technologies

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I’ve been in the technology field for about 17 years now, with a deep focus on advanced research and product development. I am passionate about building technologies that enhance and augment the human sensation and perception processes, enable smart and intelligent devices and natural human-machine interactions.

Prior to joining Starkey Hearing Technologies, I led the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corporation where my focus areas included 3D sensing and interactive computing systems, computer vision and artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and drones, and immersive virtual and merged reality devices.

What are you focused on right now?

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Minneapolis IoT Firm Logic PD Secures $9m Debt Funding

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“MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2017) – Logic PD, an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Product Development solutions company for the connected digital world, announced it has reached an agreement on a new $9 million senior credit facility with MB Business Capital, a division of MB Financial Bank, N.A. MB Business Capital’s credit facility will be used to fund Logic PD’s working capital needs.”

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3M Is Working With Ford & GM On Autonomous Vehicle Tech

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“The same company that invented Post-It notes is now helping self-driving cars see the world.

Headquarted in St. Paul, Minnesota, 3M is behind the creation of everyday objects that everyone uses but no one thinks about. Post-It notes, Scotch tape, and waterproof sandpaper are just a few of 3M’s products that have contributed to its $30 billion in annual sales. The company even created the first reflective signs, which are now standard on all roads.”

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Minnesota’s AGCO Among Those Seeing Benefits Of Reborn Google Glass

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“Google Glass pulled its smart eyeglasses from the consumer marketplace two years ago after privacy advocates screeched that the oh-so-cool computerized specs might be usurped by ne’er-do-wells to make secret YouTube videos.

Fast forward two years. Glass has been reborn as an emerging “lean” industrial tool inside AGCO’s custom-tractor factory in Jackson, Minn. The technology cut costs so successfully, it will soon be rolled out to AGCO factories worldwide.”

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How CEO Vicki Holt Aims to Take Proto Labs to $1B In Sales

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By Karen Field, Industry Week

“The only thing slowing down Proto Labs’ bid to become a $1B technology company just may be the time it takes for its customers to catch up. Since its inception in 1999, the provider of rapid manufacturing (and inspection services now) of low-volume 3-D printed, CNC-machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production, has leveraged the power of digital information.”

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Pops! Diabetes Care Teams With Children’s Minnesota

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“Your smartphone can help you peek through a home security camera while you’re at work, and it can show you a real-time map filled with cars ready to give you a lift on a moment’s notice.

But when it comes to displaying blood-sugar levels for diabetics, the promise of an accurate and simple smartphone app still seems like a far-off goal. This week Twin Cities device maker Pops! Diabetes Care enrolled its first patient in a clinical study it is sponsoring to see whether a device it calls the “Pops! one” can finally fill that long-sought niche.”

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