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?
Read MorePranksChanging the game for dogs: Cramer announces 'Pawculus Rift'
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
Fiksu, a mobile marketing technology company that last year said it had surpassed $100 million in annual revenue, has laid off about 10 percent of its workforce as part of a reorganization, chief executive Micah Adler said.
Chief financial officer Ken Goldman has also left the company effective today, less than a year after coming on board to help Fiksu prepare for a possible initial public offering.
Over the past several months, two PhD candidates in MIT's CSAIL program have been busy attempting to solve a few tough questions: How do you make cybersecurity sexy? How can you create excitement about the field? And perhaps most importantly, how do you take the impressive work being done at academic institutions and find ways to bring it to market?
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?
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.