About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies.
Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices. Read MoreWhat’s in a mollusk? Maybe the secret to a new generation of screens
Boston startup Aereo once challenged the mighty cable TV industry with its Internet streaming technology, but has crumbled swiftly since a court ruling rendered its business illegal. The latest blow comes in the form of its bankruptcy auction: The company which investors had bet nearly $100 million on claimed less than $2 million from a sale of its assets. Read More
When it comes to creating technology for cities and citizens, open-sourced data and hackathons and great, but there’s nothing like a real weather emergency to get the creative juices flowing.
The recent spate of storm-related delays and shutdowns on the MBTA have sent local designers into a creative frenzy; the latest proposal to ease the daily commute for Bostonians is an app that can predict the chance for delays and train trouble on the way to work. Read MoreBridj over the PotomacBridj planning to expand its data-driven bus service to Washington, D.C.
This morning, Boston-based Bridj, a transportation startup that aims to bring better, user-informed bus services to metropolitan areas, announced that it plans to expand its operations to Washington, D.C., this spring.
Bridj initially started testing potential bus routes in Boston last June, and released its long-awaited mobile application in January. This most recent step is helping the company to get closer to its original vision of a data-driven transit service that meets the demands of citizens in neighborhoods lacking reliable public transportation. The service saw an influx in popularity in the wake of the recent snowstorms, particularly during some of the worst MBTA and traffic woes. Read More
What would you do if a couple feet of fresh snow fell... and right outside your office door was a small hill? Oh, and your CEO was an avid snowboarder? And your company made small drones with built-in cameras?
The answer at Danvers-based CyPhy Works was clear: institute snowboarding lunch breaks, filmed from the skies. The runs aren't very long, but CyPhy CEO Helen Greiner says the walk back up the hill is good exercise. While many of CyPhy's employees are mechanical engineers, Greiner says "they haven't built me a lift yet." (That's Greiner, who was previously a co-founder of iRobot Corp., going off a jump in the image above.)
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With several weeks still left of winter, Boston commuters are bracing for more bad weather, and with that, the inevitable delays on the beleaguered T. A new Web app being billed as the "Waze for the T" aims to warn T riders of delays or service alerts by crowdsourcing updates along the lines in real time. Read More
Following an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, "Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras joined her colleague Glenn Greenwald and source Edward Snowden for a Reddit AMA on Monday. However the session came with the disclaimer: Ask Us Almost Anything.
After the Snowden documents were released, Poitras and Greenwald, along with their colleague and fellow journalist Jeremy Scahill, co-founded the online news outlet The Intercept. The Intercept is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and has largely focused on sifting through the troves of information Snowden provided and other instances of government overreach. "Citizenfour" chronicles the meeting between Snowden and the journalists to whom he provided the government documents; the film debuted on HBO yesterday. The following are some highlights from the AMA. Read MoreSign me upFamilyID raises funding to make online program registration easier for families
Ready to go questing?
Brookline entrepreneur Chad Ellis is planning to open an indoor “questing” center this summer, importing a concept from Sweden called Boda Borg, which blends obstacle courses with puzzle-solving. Some of the quests are so challenging, says Ellis, that only one percent of visitors can complete them — and that’s usually after a few attempts.
Read MoreCambridge students study science with a CSI-inspired crime lab
A little after noon on Wednesday last week, two technicians from the Cambridge Police Department crime lab arrived at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, kits in tow.
But the famed center was not the scene of a crime. Rather, it was hosting a four-day vacation science camp for middle-schoolers, and the two crime-lab techs were participating in a session called “Get A Clue” to introduce 22 adolescents to scientific skills such as microscopy and dissections.
And to make the session all the more engaging for the kids, the Whitehead and its partner in the program, the educational group Science from Scientists, had cooked up a whodunit: the theft of a candy recipe they would solve using technical sleuthing taught by real-life CSI types. Read More