“When five of its graduates built companies based on smart devices last year, Boomtown Boulder took the hint and embraced the Internet of Things.
By May, the tech accelerator plans to open what is likely the area’s first IoT lab to help startups build devices and apps that connect to the Net. Comcast Labs, a partner, is providing resources and an undisclosed amount of money.
“In the future, even if you believe you are just an Internet or a mobile app company, you’re going to have to make sure your technology plays with this myriad of new platforms and devices,” said Toby Krout, Boomtown’s managing director. “We think it is our responsibility to have a lab where our companies have a place to work on the protocols.”
The Internet of Things space is already quite large. Market-research firms such as Gartner forecast 4.9 billion IoT devices will be in use this year.”