Tack on your two cents
With new funding, Modelo seeks to aid architect-client communication
Tian Deng and Qi Su, co-founders of Cambridge-based Modelo, which makes it simple to share and comment on digital 3D models.
As a staffer at architecture studios, Qi Su observed one thing: everyone looking at a digital 3-D model of a project had comments about what should be changed and improved. “A lot of the back-and-forth is done with e-mails and screen captures of the model,” he says. “Architects would print out images and comment and send them back to the person who made the model — which was me.” His Cambridge startup, Modelo, seeks to pull that process of comments and suggestions into the digital realm. “We’re about letting people make social comments on 3-D models in real-time,” Su says. Read More
Connecting the next billion
Mobile app marketplace Jana pushes deeper into the developing world
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Luca Mars did the math. Three years ago, the 19-year-old accounting student, who lives in the small Brazilian city of Várzea Alegre, 2,200 miles northeast of Rio, took a look at his mobile phone bill and knew that he couldn’t cover the cost of the data plan. Mars works as an administrative assistant at a primary school, and says his phone bill typically ate up 10 to 15 percent of his paycheck. Read More
'Living Heart Project' brings a beat to 3-D
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The heart attack started abruptly, a quiver in the left ventricle that starved a section of muscle of vital oxygen. Paralyzed and damaged tissue threw off the heart’s natural pumping rhythm and stretched the valves and cords that keep blood flowing through its chambers. The organ sprang a leak. The fix was simple: a ring-shaped band that was clipped into an opening between the chambers, with a small hook supporting the stretched cords, helping the mechanism along and reversing the damage that the attack had caused. The virtual patient, a 39-year-old male, lived. Both he and this heart attack were a simulation, visualized in exacting detail by a team of researchers at Waltham-based Dassault Systèmes who are trying to recreate a biologically accurate model of the heart. Their goal is to enable surgeons and device makers to take a virtual tour through the human body as they experiment and design fixes for it. Read More
intelligent thinking
AI software maker Nara Logics swaps CEOs, adds top brain scientist as adviser
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There are staff shifts afoot at Nara Logics, the Cambridge artificial intelligence company that is helping businesses better understand their customers. Jana Eggers, the Lycos and Intuit veteran who joined the company as president in September, has replaced co-founder Tom Copeman as chief executive. Neuroscientist and Princeton professor Sebastian Seung, who is something of rockstar for his work on the wiring of the human brain, has also joined company's advisory board. Read More
Digital Lumens unveils smart LED lighting system for sports venues
Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House has installed SportsPack, a smart LED lighting system from Digital Lumens.
Everyone has seen them: the floodlights of Fenway Park, bright and blinding through windows, seemingly visible from any point in the Commonwealth. Of course, that artificial daylight is necessary in the park, where players are trying to track the ball and fans are making sure they aren't spilling their beers. But the brighter the light, the bigger the waste. Boston-based LED lighting company Digital Lumens thinks it has an answer: LED lights that can be dimmed and independently aimed from a connected touchscreen. Read More
American Well launches AW8, a teleheath app for doctors
American Well's new app AW8, allows doctors to connect directly with their patients through video conferencing. Photo: American Well.
For nearly a decade, the Boston-based telehealth service American Well has been trying to reshape the way we think about the phrase: “The doctor will see you now.” Some of the nation’s largest health care providers now use its AmWell video conferencing app to let patients with urgent, yet ailments that are not life-threatening tap into a network of doctors and get on-demand care. In December, the company announced it had raised $80 million in new funding, and just last week, UnitedHealthcare announced it would cover such online visits as part their network. Read More
Now playing in the conference room: Boston street music legend Keytar Bear
The hottest new entertainment booking for company gatherings isn’t a road-weary standup comedian or a retired professional athlete preaching tales of teamwork. It’s a diminutive man in a battered bear costume, hammering out uptempo '80s pop hits on a shoulder-slung keyboard. Yes, of course, Keytar Bear does corporate events. Read More
Up in the sky...
CyPhy Works unveils $500 drone for consumer photography and video
CyPhy's prototype LVL 1 drone, which will sell for about $500. The company plans to start shipments in February 2016.
While companies like 3DR, DJI, and Parrot all sell drones for less than $1,000, Helen Greiner, the founder of CyPhy Works, believes her company has designed the ultimate drone for consumers who want to shoot aerial photos and videos and easily share them with friends. The Danvers-based startup is launching a crowdfunding campaign today to see if consumers agree, aiming to raise $250,000 to green-light the production of a $500 drone called the LVL 1. She expects to begin delivering the new aircraft in early 2016. Read More
Snapchat may fan the flames of jealousy
Illustration: Alli Arnold
You see your girlfriend chatting with an attractive guy you don’t know. As you near, he scurries away. You get suspicious. Would you have felt better if he had stuck around till you arrived? Now consider this: Are you more likely to fly into a jealous rage if your significant other has Facebook contact with an attractive person you don’t know or if he or she is doing it on Snapchat? Read More