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

Clipped wings
iRobot founder Helen Greiner on drones, the FAA, and how to succeed in business without really flying
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Helen Greiner didn't just put the 'robot' in iRobot. Starting as an 11-year-old who wanted to build R2-D2, she achieved her a dream twice: after co-founding iRobot and ushering it to an IPO in 2005, Greiner left to create a second company, CyPhy Works, that builds flying robots. Greiner spoke at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston last week, and shared her views on some of the challenges facing the commercial drone industry. Chief among them: How do you grow while the Federal Aviation Administration continues to bully you out of the skiesRead More
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