Two Canadian college professors have created a child-sized hitchhiking robot that can perform simple conversations. They’re trying to get drivers to pick it up for a journey from Salem to San Francisco.More →
Last year, I noted that Boston-based enterprise software company LogMeIn had paid $6 million for a California startup — but wasn’t divulging the startup’s name. Now, we know. And the purchase is leading to a LogMeIn outpost in San Francisco.More →
Last fall, Gui Cavalcanti made a big splash by suggesting that the next big action sport will involve giant robots, piloted by humans, shooting one another with paintballs. Cavalcanti and two co-founders began working on prototypes in Somerville and Worcester, and they offered a sneak peek at last year’s New York Comic-Con show.
But a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign didn’t bring in the $1.8 million that Cavalcanti had set as his goal. Venture capitalists and angel investors were intrigued by the concept — but not quite ready to cut checks. Now Cavalcanti’s MegaBots team has relocated to San Francisco, where they’ve attracted support from the CEO of a major design software company.More →
Ministry of Supply, the Boston-based fashion outfit that uses space-age materials in its designs, has been on a roll as of late, having opened storefronts on both coasts within the last eight months.
The company continued its recent run of success with the launch of the all-new “Mercury cardigan” this week in collaboration with The Grommet, a Somerville firm that helps small companies and individual entrepreneurs bring their products to market.More →
It’s New Year’s resolution time once again. As the nation looks inward at its bad habits and tries to find ways to eat better, work out more often, and just be a bit more healthy, Applause’s ARC 360 has released its report on the state of fitness and health applications. Perfect timing.More →
In a move that has all the makings of staking a flag in the ground, Autodesk, a maker of design software for architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and 3-D printing has shared plans that it will open a significant new workspace in downtown Boston.
It is also acquiring local mobile and Web app development shop Terrible Labs and will back Robin, a Boston-based startup working to help create a “smarter office.”More →
Teespring, the online custom T-shirt company headquartered in Providence, announced today that it has raised $35 million in new funding. The influx of cash will help the company to expand its efforts to produce, sell, and ship T-shirts and sweatshirts online, and enable them to expand their list of current merchandise beyond just T-shirts and sweatshirts.More →
In what seems like a never ending quest, more and more companies are looking to win what appears to be a wide open race to become the go-to online delivery service for Boston. In addition to Caviar, Instacart, GrubHub, Drizly, Postmates, Favor, now DoorDash, a West Coast delivery startup, has arrived in Boston to add just another possible option to get your food dropped on your doorstep.More →
Today was BetaBoston editor Michael Morisy’s last day at the helm of this ship. Morisy will be heading for the sunshine and palm trees of Palo Alto for a Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford.More →