Category Archives: Industry Trends

IoT, IIoT, Industry 4.0: What’s the difference and does it matter?

Internet of Things. Industrial Internet of Things. Industry 4.0. While related, these terms are not interchangeable. Each entity has a different set of stakeholders, goals and implications. Let’s start with IoT. There is some speculation about the first use of Internet of Things (IoT) as the term to describe the interworking of devices but most […]

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Google Fiber: What Ultra-High Speed Internet Means for Public Safety

Although Google Fiber is available in a limited number of locations, it already looks like the future of the Internet in the United States. A recent review of the fastest ISPs by PC Magazine said that “not one single ISP holds even a flickering candle to Google Fiber,” which offers speeds of over 1Gb per […]

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How the Internet of Things will Revolutionize Seniors’ Lifestyles

How do you imagine life after retirement? Whether you’re planning to cruise around the world, take up a new hobby, or spend time with your grandkids, you almost certainly want to be as active as possible, while continuing to live in your own home. Or, if you have aging parents, this topic is probably on […]

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Embracing Innovation Since 1986

You are headed out of town on vacation. As you leave, stop by the gas station and walk in to pay with cash before pumping. Don’t forget to grab film for the camera, a new roadmap, and a few VHS tapes for the kids to enjoy once you reach your destination. You’ve got the bag […]

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Tech in the ’30s

Generally, the 1930s conjure up images of The Great Depression, celebrity gangsters and mob bosses. But just as prevalent were technological advances, ranging from food to electronics to entertainment. Now that we’re in the ‘30s, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the decade and the innovations that were born, proving once again that […]

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All I Wanted for Christmas

The fun and success of last year’s 12 days of #Techmas blog series had us all scratching our heads, what kind of cool gadgets would we find under this year’s tree? Some Sealevel folks weighed in on the best gifts they received this holiday season.  What we learned is that it’s not all technical around […]

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Wearable Technology in the Military

The U.S. military takes seriously the need to equip its personnel with the best, safest and most reliable technology available. Each branch’s unique tasks necessitate specialized technology. Take the Air Force, for example. Have you heard of BATMAN? No, not Bruce Wayne. BATMAN, or Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided k(N)owledge, is an Air Force Research Laboratory […]

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Sealevel Exhibits at Minnesota Medtech Week

With over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 50 industry experts sharing the latest in medical technology, Minnesota Medtech Week, held November 4-5, 2015, is a must for medical innovators. This year’s speakers include representatives from Boston Scientific, United Healthcare, St. Jude Medical, IBM Watson Health and Stratasys, among many others. Conference session topics will include […]

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Security and the Internet of Things

We’ve discussed in previous blogs how the Internet of Things (IoT) is being incorporated in industrial settings and how manufacturers are taking advantage of the technology. The Internet of Things has quickly moved from business to consumer devices, and is becoming more common in everyday life. According to a recent study, Pew Research Center predicts […]

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Get Smart about Smartwatches: Comparing the Top Brands

Although relatively new in tech innovation and development, you’ve likely at least heard about smartwatches, with 2014 marking the introduction of a number of products. Even though they’ve been around in some form since 1972’s Pulsar, four decades later we’re talking about wearable computers that connect via Bluetooth to other technology. The top players, Android and […]

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