Millions of Americans battle anxiety disorders and depression, conditions that sap social ties and leave its sufferers vulnerable if they lack a viable support system. Now, a group of researchers with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are creating a private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles, and also find kinship.
While the forum won’t replace professional treatment or therapy, Robert Morris, who created the system as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, said it does show promise as a reliable support for people battling stress. Read MoreCity Hall's latest high-tech effort? A newsletter.
Only a few blocks from where Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh worked his first union construction job as a teen, the software company Autodesk plans to open a new innovation lab focused on new technologies that are changing the building industry. Walsh plans to speak this evening at an event announcing the new facility, located on Drydock Avenue in the Marine Industrial Park, which will also house about 200 Autodesk employees who currently work in Waltham.
Read MoreSmart panels turn one shoe into a companion for any outfit
It’s a tall order, blending high fashion with high tech, but when you’re working with 4-inch heels headed for the runway, the stakes are even higher.
An international team of engineers is taking on this challenge in earnest: They have created a “smart shoe” that, chameleon-like, can change its colors and patterns, according to a wearer’s whims.
Their reasoning: Why cede closet space to a dozen pairs of shoes when you can own one pair that can transform into many?
Read MoreBeta TestingThe Aura, from Withings, is the sleep tracker of your dreams
Sometimes, the new personal-tech advances we think will be least useful end up being the ones we come to rely on most.
Withings, a French health-tracking and Internet-of-things company that has its US headquarters in Boston, has developed an array of fitness and wellness products that can do everything from monitor a user’s health and sleep habits to help keeping an eye on a home while being able to detect air quality.
Read MoreThe Long RunMeet the four tech-company founders running their first marathon for local charities
One of the first groups to begin raising money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings was a collection of founders, venture capitalists, and employees from the local tech and innovation community, and startup- and entrepreneur-focused nonprofit TUGG helped lead that effort.
Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame joined Boston-based Starling Trust Sciences as an adviser this week. Starling aims to establish a digital trust infrastructure that would give people the ability to identify and connect with trustworthy peers. With the technology Starling is developing, users will see how trustworthy another person is based on various factors, including the number of mutual connections. Read MoreOrganizing health, work — and baby formulaThe Download: Boston Medical Center’s Dr. Devin Mann
It's been four years this month since Facebook made its way back to Boston, a move which started in part when Ryan Mack, the current site lead here in the city, left the comforts of Menlo Park to set up shop on the East Coast.
Mack, who is known for this work on the Facebook Timeline, soon identified a small outcrop of Facebook expats who were all working for the company remotely, and they eventually clustered together in the Workbar location in downtown Boston. Critical mass began to take hold, and Facebook opened an official office here in Cambridge in 2013, and recently expanded that space this past fall.
A new service launching in the United States this week wants to be the Uber for doctors, making medical practitioners available for consultation by text message, video chat, or even a house visit — for a fee, of course.
The company, FirstLine, which has offices in Boston and San Francisco, launched its app nationally this week. Two dozen California-based doctors have been contracted to be on-call and the team is already hiring and training local medics with a goal of launching in Boston this summer. Read MoreWith 'Infinite Crisis' and two mobile titles in the works, Turbine is gearing up
It's little surprise that the idea for Bounce, the new app from IdeaPaint, the Boston-based maker of dry erase paint, came out of a brainstorming session. The company, which has been shellacking walls with their product since launching in 2008, had been getting requests from its users to add more capabilities to its product than a simple coat of wall covering could provide.