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Lab 651 Offers IoT Training Courses
As Neil deGrasse Tyson famously states, “There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.” When a company embarks on the journey of building a product that is connected to the Internet, there’s a few key points that everyone within the organization should be asking…
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Justin Grammens Speaks at AAUW
I’m extremely blessed to have the opportunity to speak before the The American Association of University Women ( AAUW ) on April 2nd! Nationally, the AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the…
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Lab Work: UR TURN
As a part of an ongoing series we are starting called “Lab Work”, we will be interviewing a handful of the amazing clients that we are blessed to have the opportunity to support through our experience in Mobile/Cloud Applications and Data Science. This month, we will be talking with Angie Eilers from UR TURN. A…
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What Should Be Driving IoT?
I used to work for a large industrial company where I had the acronym “IoT” in my title. I was inundated with LinkedIn messages like “We can solve your IoT problems”, “We have an IoT solution that… ” or the worse one of all, “What’s your IoT strategy?” Where did all these IoT Subject Matter…
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Why The Time Is Now
I had the extreme pleasure of recently keynoting the University of Minnesota’s Law School’s Symposium on the Internet of Things. During the opening remarks and the lunch keynote that I gave to the audience, I talked about the way in which intelligent “things” are more and more going to have an impact on our lives.…
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Vitals Aware Services Releases Life Saving Technology
Vitals Aware Services , a client of Lab 651, is releasing mobile and web applications with IoT based technology created by our team to more than 500 police officers in Dakota County, Minnesota with a number of other law enforcement agencies around the United States set to pilot the program in the coming months. Coverage by…
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Justin Grammens Keynotes Minnesota School of Law Symposium
Justin Grammens, Cofounder of Lab 651, will be the keynote speaker for the Minnesota School of Law Symposium on the Internet of Things on Friday, March 2, 2018. It’s predicted that by 2020, more than 20 billion devices will be on the Internet. This includes a vast majority of them being not just smartphones, tablets…
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The Three Truths of Invention
I was recently asked to speak at the Reve Reflect event on the topic of “Invention”. They purposefully left it open ended as ( in their words ), “wanted the presenters to keep an eye on the creative process of inventing something, rather than the broad term of Innovation”. After speaking that evening on just…
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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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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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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Annual Update
We are honored that Lab 651 was recognized as a leading technology company in the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Annual Update (PDF)! Through our unique experience and skill sets at Lab 651, the Chamber recognized that Lab 651 is leading the pathway to building a smarter and more connected world. ​As we see the world…
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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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