Posts by Justin Grammens

What Connected Products Can Learn from the Electric Car

More than 20 years ago GM produced the first mass market electric car: the EV1. It was deemed as unprofitable by GM and subsequently was terminated in 1999. GM spent what I would assume to be millions of dollars crushing the EV1’s to end their development of electric cars. Fast forward to today. Elon Musk…

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Lab 651 at the Innovation Jam

I was fortunate enough to speak at the 2nd Annual Innovation Jam, put on by my friends at Ciceron. The other speakers included Kent Strand from Accredent, Ashley Evenson from Ciceron and Chuck Olson from Visual. Between the 4 of us we covered topics ranging from the Internet of Things, proximity marketing using Beacons, new marketing techniques using programmatic advertising and…

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Harnessing the Power of the Internet of Things

The past month was a blur as our the team at Lab 651 was not only building connected products for our awesome clients, but I was also busy working with IoT Fuse to execute on our 1000+ person conference called IoT Fuse: Conference 2017, teaching the Internet of Things at the University of Saint Thomas and…

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Building Connected Classrooms

Outside of running the mobile and web applications team at Lab 651, I teach a graduate level course on the Internet of Things at the University of Saint Thomas. I have had the opportunity to experience situations where I wished that I was omniscient; able to see, hear and know all in the classroom. Therefore,…

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Reflections on Returning to IoT North America

As the IoT industry was just starting to glom onto the term the “Internet of Things”, I attended the very first IoT North America Conference in Milwaukee, WI in 2014. Like others, I had been doing “IoT” and working with connected devices outside of my day job for many years. In fact, myself and a…

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The IoT in 2017

The Internet of Things As we’ve been building connected products, or what is commonly now called the “Internet of Things” at Lab 651, I decided to spend some time reflecting on where I see the industry going in 2017. There’s obviously more to the story than the 3 items below, which I’ll be writing about…

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