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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
Boston energy firm EnerNOC to partner with new Tesla battery system
A guest takes a photograph of the Powerpack battery system after Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities on Thursday. Photo: Getty.

As Tesla rolls out its new “Powerpack” battery storage systems for industrial and commercial users, EnerNOC will provide energy intelligence software to make those batteries work efficiently. This is how EnerNOC chief executive Tim Healy puts it: Tesla will provide the muscle for these customers’ energy systems, and EnerNOC will provide the brains.

With its stock languishing for the past year, Boston's EnerNOC Inc. could really use a powerful ally in its mission to rethink how companies use electricity. Fortunately for EnerNOC, that friend unveiled himself on Thursday: He's Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, the bold billionaire who is trying to put batteries in our cars and people in outer space.

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UnitedHealthcare now covers a doctor visit via video chat
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Several companies are making it easier to consult a doctor via smartphone, swapping text messages and video chat for an appointment and waiting-room visit. But the fact that many health plans didn't cover such services limited their reach. That's changing — on Thursday, insurance company UnitedHealthcare announced plans to include phone or video consults in its coverage network. American Well, a telemedicine service based in Boston, is one of three providers approved for UHC's system. Read More
Startups build apps, seeking to capture fragile ideas
The MassChallenge marketing team -- (from left) Jeff Danford, Jibran Malek and Robby Bitting --test Bounce, a new app from IdeaPaint that helps capture whiteboard notes from meetings. WENDY MAEDA/GLOBE STAFF

A new wave of entrepreneurs are trying to solve an ancient problem: ever since we began to write on papyrus (3000 BC) and whiteboards (mid-1900s), we’ve encountered the problem of lost ideas. Scraps of paper go astray, brilliant diagrams get erased. If only there were way to capture ideas in digital form before they were lost — perhaps using that powerful computing device we hold in our hands for most of our waking hours.

In January, Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein had a eureka moment involving erasable pens, notebooks, and a microwave. When you rub an eraser against the heat-sensitive ink from certain erasable pens, friction causes the writing to vanish. So what would happen if you put a notebook full of writing into a microwave?

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