The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) recently released its IoT Council Inventory. The report showcases Midwest tech companies doing meaningful work in the IoT space.

We’re honored that the ITA included LaunchPad Lab in the Inventory.

We’ve seen exciting growth and opportunity in IoT. The Midwest’s manufacturing roots make it well positioning to be the center of IoT innovation.

We’ve had the opportunity to help many exciting companies build their IoT products. Our clients range from startups looking to launch new consumer connected devices to established businesses using connected devices to drive operational efficiency.

Here are some of the recent IoT projects we’ve worked on:



Whirlpool’s dishwasher testing team, based out of Michigan, has a scientific approach to system testing. For each station, they track environmental data, energy usage, as well as dish cleanliness and soil redeposits. The company had a legacy desktop system that created many data silos within the company.

We designed and built a modern web application. This new application integrates with digital sensors and control systems. Data is now accessible via an API and visualized in our application, bringing better clarity into data for engineering.


Breadcrumb Tech

For bow hunters, tracking their hunting locations and arrows can be tedious. We worked with Breadcrumb to build consumer facing mobile and web applications.

The applications use Bluetooth to track archery devices. Through the mobile app, a hunter can track their arrow and find it in the field. The applications also track system information (e.g. battery level). Breadcrumb can track this this information via their Salesforce CRM.

What’s Next

We see the current IoT Midwest Inventory as just the beginning. The opening of maker spaces as mHub and IIT’s University Technology Park will only help expedite the momentum we are seeing.

We’ll be at the upcoming ITA – IoT Summit and hope to see you there.

Brendan Hennessy

Co Founder & CTO

Never stop building. Brendan manifests this passion, first seen in his love for Legos, by creating and building web products. He relies upon his formal background as an engineer to solve problems. His experience in both front- and back-end development is invaluable to making ideas come to life.

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