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.
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 MoreHere a bot there a botThe robots are in town! Meet them here [Slideshow]
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 Morebig $$ for big dataNIH spends $10.8 million to turn activity trackers into medical alarms
When firemen or soldiers pair up in the field with any of iRobot’s emergency or war robots, they now have a better way to communicate with their mechanical partners. iRobot has built an application for Android tablets that offers the humans a more intuitive way to control the machines. Read MoreCounting zzz'sJawbone maps America's sleep habits, here's how Boston scores
There are opinions and opinions about the link between sleep and creativity — there's evidence that insomnia and 8 solid hours can both do wonders.
For a city that prides itself on creative output, Boston is a city of midnight-oil burners, but it still catches a few more winks than other big cities in it class. Read More
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