A company pitching disruptive toothpaste might seem like another April Fool's Day prank, but HBS students Rachel Peterson and Calley Means say they are serious when it comes to rethinking the way we brush our teeth. The duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Matter, a paste which they claim is free from the dyes and petrochemicals found in other mainstream toothpastes. They're hoping to raise $275,000 to launch their product commercially in the next year. Read MoreMany Americans cannot easily access the Internet without their smartphone
Even 10 years ago, it would have seemed like science fiction. The whole of the Internet accessible from the palm of your hand — and not only that, but also a cell phone, alarm clock, watch, personal organizer, and a myriad other applications. Nobody can deny the widespread social and economic impact of the rapid adoption of smartphones, but how many people actually own one? And how much do those owners rely on their gadgets?
It's the first of April, which typically means that every company with a smart marketing team knows that with a bit of imagination they can drum up some free publicity. The folks at Boston-based marketing firm Cramer are no exception, only we have to admit that their new "product," a virtual reality gaming system for dogs, is pretty cute: it's the "Pawculus Rift." Fetch will never be the same.
Fiksu lays off 10 percent of workforce, CFO departs as IPO plans hit a wall
Dynamo Micropower, a startup housed at Greentown Labs, will receive a $175,000 loan, the group announced Monday. The money, distributed by MassDevelopment's Emerging Technology Fund, adds to the $2.5 million in private investment and grant funding that the Somerville-based turbine maker has received over the last 18 months.
If you haven't been following the breakup of the 35-year-old venture capital firm Atlas Venture, which once invested in both tech and biotech, partner Peter Barrett sums it up this way: "In this divorce, the life sciences side kept the name, and the tech side got the house." So Atlas's team of tech investors is casting about for a new name, but staying in East Cambridge. And the biotech crew, still known as Atlas, just moved into new offices yesterday atop 400 Technology Square in Cambridge, midway between the Kendall and Central stations on the Red Line.
Millions of Americans battle anxiety disorders and depression, conditions that sap social ties and leave 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?