Mobile tech for museum-goers
Spotzer, deploying tech to enhance museum visits, raises first funding
A gallery at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (MFA photo.)
Think about the wall plaques or audio guides that shape your visit to a museum: They're no different for visitors more interested in history than art, or those who want to dive deeply into a particular artifact and skim past others. A Boston startup called Spotzer wants to change that, by letting you use a smartphone as your guide, and deploying Bluetooth "beacon" technology throughout museums so that you can chart your own course. The company just got its start last year, but it has already done pilot tests with institutions like the Boston Athenaeum, MIT's List Visual Arts Center, and New York's Neue Galerie — and Spotzer founder Brendan Ciecko is in the midst of wrapping the company's first funding round. Read More
BETA TESTING
Smile and say 'selfie'! This app wants to brighten your teeth
The White Tooth app means to help brighten your smile. (Photo: Pearly Whites)
Your phone can hail you a cab, order you a burrito — and possibly add sparkle to your smile. That’s what makers of the White Tooth app claim, anyway. Like skipping the manicurist to paint your nails at home, a Boston whitening center has created an app that’ll give you the benefits of professional tooth bleaching at home. Read More
Spy vs. Spy
President Obama, David Cameron announce 'Cambridge v. Cambridge' hackathon
President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference at the East Room of the White House Jan. 16. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a hackathon on Friday that is panning out to be the great cybersecurity smackdown of 2015. The pair are pitting wonks and nerds on either side of the Atlantic against each other in a battle called "Cambridge v. Cambridge."  Read More
Bus Together
Skedaddle launches its charter bus service with free trip to Sunday's Patriots game
Rob Gronkowski will be gearing up for Sunday's game. Photo: Barry Chin/Globe Staff.
Most of the chatter about busses and the New England Patriots recently has centered on Rob Gronkowski's new party bus. But early stage startup Skedaddle is doing something special this weekend to gain attention for its new bus charter reservation service by offering a free round-trip shuttle from Boston to Gillette Stadium for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Read More
Boston's Innovation History
Leech bleedings and weather reports: Inside the first issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
John Collins Warren (August 1, 1778 - May 4, 1856), of Boston, was one of the founders of Massachusetts General Hospital and also its first visiting surgeon. Via Boston Globe archives.
Two hundred three years ago, to put it kindly, Boston wasn't exactly the global powerhouse of medical innovation it is today. As a matter of fact, if you wanted to be blunt about it, you could quote the current editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and call it "a medical backwater" — at least compared to Europe. Read More
Czar Gazing
Entrepreneurs like the sound of Boston ‘startup czar’
Mayor Martin J. Walsh (JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)
Boston’s tech types aren’t exactly sure what a “startup czar” does. But they’re pretty sure they like the idea. Local entrepreneurs welcomed the announcement by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in his State of the City speech that he would soon name a startup czar to head a new program called StartHub. Read More