Forget Silicon Valley for a moment. Rick Merritt finds IoT startups in the heart of San Francisco.
Less than an hour's drive north from Silicon Valley and a short walk from San Francisco's financial district, a new high-tech community is being born. Call it IoT Town.
The area spanning parts of the city's South of Market and Potrero Hill neighborhoods is home to more than a dozen startups, three incubators, several angel investors, and three well attended monthly gatherings all devoted to hardware for the Internet of Things.
The startups here are building a wide range of automotive, consumer, and industrial IoT gear. Their projects include everything from smartwatches and fitness devices to intelligent coffee makers, drones, baby and dog monitors, and a hamburger-making robot to automate the McDonald's of the future.
Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes work in separate IoT startups in the SoMA/Potrero Hill area.
There's little to no silicon being developed in IoT Town. The work focuses on low-cost nodes and gateways that use off-the-shelf chips designed for smartphones and tablets.
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