Nidhi Subbaraman
Nidhi Subbaraman
Staff Writer
Nidhi Subbaraman is a staff writer at BetaBoston, reporting on science, research, technology, and any combination of those. Before this, Subbaraman covered science and tech at NBCNews.com. Her work has also appeared online at MIT Technology Review, Fast Company, New Scientist, Nature News, and others. She hearts robots.

Stories by Nidhi Subbaraman

Brand new bots
Local robotics startups debut at downtown showcase
Soft Robotics is making air-powered stretchy robot fingers whose grasp is not too hard and not too soft. (Image: Soft Robotics)
Two robotics startups from Greater Boston debuted products this week at the RoboBusiness conference and exhibition. Just a year old, Soft Robotics presented its gentle, air-powered versatile robot grippers in public for the first time. For Sonzia, a Somerville firm that incorporated in September, it was a first public demonstration of immersive, interactive environments for children with learning disabilities. Read More
Facebook as a country
Mark Zuckerberg's $25 million donation is one of the largest to Ebola effort [Chart]
(MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Channeled through the CDC Foundation, this donation will assist the CDC’s response to the outbreak. That's a little less than half the amount the duo reportedly spent purchasing 700 acres of Hawaiian Kauai, but this is still the fourth largest donation from a single entity to the Ebola effort to date. Read More
HVAC for your hand
Meet the MIT startup that’s building the Nest for your wrist
A prototype of the thermoelectric bracelet built by Embr Labs.
Legions of office workers struggle daily with the Goldilocks problem: Their workspace is too hot. Their workspace is too cold. It's never just right. Embr Labs, a startup spun out of MIT, hopes to make the average worker ant more comfortable in their cubicle. Their solution is a “thermoelectric bracelet” called the Wristify that straps onto your wrist and heats your skin.  Read More
tech today
Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that's disrupting keys
Smarlock-August
Everyone is talking about August's new "Smart Lock" device that lets you enter your house with your smartphone, and the reception is mixed. The good: It’s simple to install, you get notifications about who goes in and out. A bonus: The Smart Lock knows when you are close—geofencing!—and unlocks when you walk up to it. The bad: It doesn't always work. Read More
Time for a good Thync
What we know about Thync's brain-zapping wearable mood enhancer
Flickr-Thync
On the 14th floor of the Prudential Center in downtown Boston, a startup called Thync has been quietly zapping the brains of more than 2,000 volunteers, refining a product that will relax you with low doses of electricity applied to your head. Thync just raised $13 million from a group of undisclosed investors, and Khosla Ventures is among them. Here's what else we know. Read More