The IoT Lab has a full array of Microcontroller Development Boards which can be used to prototype member’s IoT products. Additionally, the lab has Bosch XDK programmable sensors, allowing users to prototype any IoT application they have in mind.
The prototyping lab is home to numerous Dremel 3D printers, which allow members to design and build models of their product. Additionally, members have an OnShape license (worth $2,100 a year) included in their membership, giving them free access to a product design platform.
The IoT Lab is home to a state-of-the-art Dremel Laser cutter, which gives members the ability to create product enclosures and custom PCBs when designing a prototype. Simply export a JPEG, PNG, PDF or SVG file into the Dremel Laser Cutter software.
Windy City Lab (WCL) specializes in consulting, workshops and CTO services in hardware, software and firmware for IoT products. Founded in 2018, WCL is specialized in helping IoT startups master the “IoT Start-up Challenge”. There are many challenges when developing a hardware or a software product, and yet more when developing a connected product. The challenges range from architecture, prototyping, setting up cloud services, wireless communication, schematic design, firmware power management and more. Chicago Connectory members have access to Windy City Lab as walk-ins and are also invited to attend their weekly lunch-and-learns that cover the different challenges faced by IoT startups.
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