Due to its strong base of world-class universities such as Harvard or MIT, Boston is known to be a world leading city in innovation. Therefore, it is no surprise that some of the most innovative IoT companies have its headquarters in the area. Examples: Predictive analytics company RapidMiner or MC10 Inc., a pioneer in wearable electronics.
Dan Adams, Boston Globe
The report by MassTLC, the state’s largest technology group, said the past five years have had a remarkable explosion of activity in the technology industry. In Boston, the Innovation District has flourished. Across the state, dozens of companies have opened or expanded, while incubators, accelerators, and robotics centers seem to be popping up everywhere.
The result? In 2013, Massachusetts’ tech sector became the country’s most concentrated — meaning that tech jobs make up a larger proportion of overall jobs in Massachusetts than in any other state, including California.
Looking forward, MassTLC predicted growth could come by coupling Massachusetts’ technology sector and its health care and life sciences industry. It also expects the region to be a big player in the burgeoning Internet of Things, a loose term for networks that connect “smart” objects equipped with sensors to smartphones or computers that analyze the data they return — think homes that can predict when you come and go and adjust the heat accordingly.
Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe
Funding sites like Kickstarter are full of proposed projects, many from local entrepreneurs, that aim to add sensors and connectivity to all kinds of household objects, allowing you to monitor and control them with a smartphone.