Time traveling
Walk Boston's innovation trail, September 28th
The Bulfinch Building at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Innovation historian Bob Krim and I occasionally — very occasionally — organize a walking tour of what we call the Innovation Trail in Boston and Cambridge. It's an alternative version of the Freedom Trail entirely focused on science, technology, and entrepreneurship. We talk about the past and present — and you'll get into some cool historic places like the Ether Dome at Mass General, above. Read More
Not Standing Pat
Robert Kraft helps local school program Breakthrough get Chromebooks
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Breakthrough Greater Boston has been operating an out-of-school academic advancement program for underserved children in Cambridge since 1992, and more recently in Boston. As technology has been becoming ever more important in education, programs like Breakthrough have found it a challenge to offer students technologies that are standard at more well-funded private organizations. Read More
After Segway
Getting advanced prosthetics to those who need them
Dean Kamen shakes hands with “Luke,” the robotic arm developed by his company, DEKA. (Photo from DEKA)
For the past eight years, in an old mill building in Manchester, N.H., a team of engineers has been developing what you might call the Tesla of artificial limbs. The DEKA Arm System, about the same size and weight of an adult’s arm, can pick up an egg from a carton or a credit card from a desk. Read More