Walk on
'Wearable robot' from Harvard scores DARPA funding, New Balance partnership
Credit: Harvard's Wyss Institute
A soft, wearable exoskeleton under construction has received a $2.9 million shot of funding from DARPA, Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design announced Thursday. Also, New Balance, Boston maker of 3D printed shoes, will be a collaborator on the "wearable robot" project going forward. Read More
Total Consciousness
Zen and the art of running a tech startup: Matt Bellows of Yesware
Matt Bellows
Sitting in the "dining" area of Yesware's new-ish office, barefoot, drinking a Lagunitas, Matt Bellows exudes an air of cool calmness. Having just finished an in-house yoga session (which I joined him for) he has no trouble discussing business, philosophy, ski-bumming, and Eastern religion in one fell swoop. Read More
New neighbors
PayPal's Start Tank opens its doors to six more startups
Entrepreneurs working in PayPal's Start Tank, which offers chosen companies free office space up to a year. (Photo by Dina Rudick / Globe Staff)
It's getting harder for startups to score free office space at PayPal's Boston office. PayPal executive David Chang, who oversees the "Start Tank" program that sets up chosen entrepreneurs with office space that PayPal isn't yet using, says only about 11 percent of applicants got in this fall. That's compared to a 20 percent acceptance rate earlier this year. Read More
Ow my head
The secret to do-it-yourself brain hacking: Don't?
Can zapping the human brain make it smarter? Scientists and the military are investigating the effects of "transcranial direct current stimulation" — that is, shocking the brain with low doses of current — as a possible enhancer of physical and mental tasks. (Others are doing it for fun and profit). As Mary Shelley as that sounds, the practice seems to have caught on strong in the DIY community.   Read More
The empire strikes back
Empire Robotics shows its hands ... and they're fingerless
Via Empire Robotics
The candidate for best robotic hand looks like a beanbag and claims to grip anything. A Boston builder of robot hands, Empire Robotics, is showing its first commercial grippers today: the enchanting and entirely fingerless VersaBall. Interestingly, this first demonstration is in partnership with Universal Robots, who happens to be local bot maker Rethink Robotics’ competitor. Read More