Dept. of Good Clean Fun
Swedish import Boda Borg will bring 'questing' to Boston area
Boda Borg is a chain of indoor "questing" facilities. (Photo courtesy of the company.)
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 More
Making brain waves
Thync shares science behind its brain-zapping wearable
Thync execs Sumon Pal and William “Jamie” Tyler. WEBB CHAPPELL
Boston device-maker Thync has been steadily gathering attention for its far-out claim that its next-gen gadget, a wireless wearable electrode for your brain, can tune your mood. It comes in two settings, “Calm” or “Energize,” and Thync claims their device can amp up your alertness like a shot of caffeine, or mellow you out like a good massage — all with a precisely designed pulse of current. By and large, according to reports from the tech media and various tech and health professionals who’ve tried the device, it seems the company is delivering on its promise (I tried it myself and felt significantly blissed-out afterward). But for the first time, Thync has published a study that explains some of the magic behind their mad idea. And while it's still pending peer review, it does provide an appetizer of experimental evidence that their device, so far trialed by an army of some 3,000 test subjects, actually works. Read More
Snowbound
Localytics finds app usage spiked during snowstorms
App usage spike during the recent bout of snowstorms.
It's been difficult to accomplish anything in the past few weeks, what with the broken MBTA, snow-blocked roads, and the blistering cold. However, while we've been trapped indoors thanks to snow, we've still been able to distract ourselves with games, books, and news -- on our phones. The Boston-based marketing and analytics platform Localytics reports that on our snowiest days this February, overall app use by consumers increased by upwards of 30 percent. Read More
Community Building
Harvard’s new Ed Portal serves as a conduit to the community
The science room at the new Harvard Ed Portal, opening this weekend in Allston. (Photo via Harvard Ed Portal)
The perks of having a world class university as your next door neighbor are getting even better for the residents of Allston. On Saturday, Harvard University will celebrate the opening of its new Ed Portal community center, a 12,000-square-foot space that will be a hub for tutoring programs, education efforts, and performances. Read More
Orange Crayon
Crayon opens new palette to web designers and marketers
Image via @Crayon Twitter account
For the first part of Jonah Lopin's life, the color orange loomed large. The Newton native grew up to become a Newton North Tiger, and was surrounded by the school's signature orange and black. Fast forward a decade, and you would have found him walking through the doors of Cambridge-based, orange-loving HubSpot as the inbound marketing company's sixth employee. While one would think that Lopin would keep the tangerine-tinged streak going with his latest project for his startup M80 Labs, he actually dipped into the entire color palette for the rainbow-hued design sensibilities of his new a website design search engine, Crayon.   Read More