Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What makes Lab 651 different?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs). The big difference is that Lab 651 has fulltime, salaried employees that come from a diverse set of engineering backgrounds and disciplines. We're able to bring product/industrial design, embedded software/electrical engineering, and mobile apps and data science proficiencies together to build your next smart, connected product. With each team having more than 20 years of experience in their respective fields, we're able to iterate quickly and build a solution for you from concept to full-scale production.

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What's a typical starting point with a new customer?

As always, our first consideration is “what’s best for our customer?” As our team is 100% located here in the Twin Cites, we meet face-to-face with customers at our office and discuss your goals in the short, medium, and long term, and define how how we can execute to bring your vision to a reality. In addition to engineering resources, we have highly skilled product managers, voice of customer (VOC) consultants, and access to packaging and marketing resources to help you not only build your product, but reach the widest market possible.

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Do I need to know what kind of technology I need before I contact you?

Absolutely not! We strive to provide solutions that strip away the need to understand specific technologies. Our focus is to build you a product that is functional, easy to use, and provides value for your end-user. We are more than happy to give you a deep dive into the technology and how it works. But the vast majority of our clients are interested in guiding us on “what” the product will do, so we can handle the “how” to do it.

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How did Lab 651 get started?

As technology has been evolving over the years, a trend that you might have heard of called the “Internet of Things” has started to take root. This is the concept of ordinary, everyday objects becoming more intelligent and connected to the Internet. This can span everything from a device in your home, to a factory, to something implanted in our bodies. Our three founders -- Justin, Rodney, and Troy -- each had their own companies of highly experienced engineers in mobile apps and data science, embedded systems, and product design, respectively. After working together on a number of projects, it made sense to create one company that had all these skills to help our customers iterate and build solutions quickly.

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What types of customers do you work with?

Lab 651 works with a diverse set of clients. Everything from startups who have brilliant ideas and an initial stage of investment to bring their product to market, to Fortune 100 companies who are looking to Lab 651 to provide them with a group of highly experienced engineers to build innovative products quickly and less expensively than if they engaged their own resources. We find the largest value for our clients comes when we can build and test early prototypes with their customers, and help to learn and guide them on what it means to build a connected product.

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How would you describe your ecosystem of resources and connections in the IoT community?

Having founders with more than 20 years of experience in their own engineering disciplines, along with leaders who are well known in the field who work with us at Lab 651, really helps cement the value we bring to your product or solution. We have seen it all and have experience in adapting to every situation. One of our cofounders at Lab 651, Justin Grammens, is also a cofounder of IoT Fuse, which is the fastest-growing IoT-focused nonprofit in the country, with more than 1600 members. Additionally, all three of our founders have taught or are currently teaching classes on the Internet of Things or Mechanical Engineering at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Saint Thomas. Lab 651 also hosts a number of IoT-related events on everything from strategy, investment, and engineering of your mobile applications and connected product.

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