Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Eisenhower School Visit – March 16-17, 2017

CAPT Rich Davis, United States Navy, National Defense University, traveled to Boston with students from this year’s class at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.  With him was a  cadre of 15 students and 4 faculty.  The students were a mix of senior military officers and senior government civilians from both DoD and other government agencies.  They are in a 10 month Master’s program which includes a deep dive into a particular industry.  Their focus - Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Is there a better place to visit to learn about robotics and autonomous systems than Boston? 

They group began at Vecna Technologies in Cambridge to learn about their fleet of autonomous systems and robotics research.  Their second stop was the NERVE Center at UMass Lowell where they received a firsthand demonstration of the NASA Valkyrie humanoid robot.  They also saw ground mobile robot testing as well as drones.  Their third and last stop of the day was at Endeavor Robotics with a very impressive museum and show room for demonstrations of the FirstLook and progression of PackBots. 

Day two was spent in the Seaport at MassChallenge and then MassRobotics where they were briefed about innovation, shared work space and collaboration.  Presentations from Riptide Autonomous Solutions and from Sea Machines provided a look at autonomous aquatic systems – both subsurface and surface.

Figure 1  NERVE Center demonstration of Valkyrie

Figure 2  NERVE center - one of their ground mobile test areas
           Figure 3 Demonstration at Endeavor Robotics
Figure 4 Jeff Smith from Riptide shows off their Micro-UUV
Figure 5  Michael Johnson of Sea Machines discusses their technology
Thanks to all who made the visit a success:
·         Vecna Technologies – David Clear
·         NERVE Center – Adam Norton and crew
·         Endeavor Robotics – Sean Bielat and Rob Birmingham
·         MassChallenge – Eric Lanoue
·         MassRobotics – Tom Ryden
·         Riptide Autonomous Solutions– Jeff Smith
·         Sea Machines – Michael Johnson
Figure 6 The Eisenhower Students and Faculty in the MassRobotics Lab Space


Monday, March 20, 2017

Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions – March 17 2017

The MassTLC/MassRobotics/MassMEP team under the Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund Program grant, funded by MassDevelopment, held our 4th “Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions” on 16 March 2017 at WPIs Gateway Park in Worcester.
Our goal: to help hardware and mechanical/electrical device start-ups and scale-ups grow and commercialize their products by connecting them with the local manufacturers and supply chain – turning great ideas into great products Made in Massachusetts.

We had a terrific A-Team Expert Panel available to offer advice to presenting startups and help them with their manufacturing challenges.  The panel was moderated by Peter Russo from MassMEP and included:

·         Joe Peters - Universal Plastics Corporation

·         Mark Smithers - Boston Engineering Corporation

·         Zack Johnson - Mack Technologies

·         Eddie Freitas - Algonquin Industries Inc. / Hi-tech Metals Inc.
Figure 1 Peter Russo with panelist Joe Peters, Mark Smithers, Zach Johnson and Eddie Freitas

Figure 2  Terrific space at 1002 Gateway
Peter led discussion and each panelist offered tips to startups about what they should know about manufacturing and offered best practices.
Several WPI professors and students discussed challenge they were encountering – everything from connectors, to plastic parts, to box assembly. These included students from the Popovic Lab with a Gyroscope for shoulder prosthesis and a hydro bone (synthetic muscle simulation) for a lower leg soft exoskeleton. Others from WPI discussed challenges with a powered arm orthosis, a modular motion control system for MRI compatible robotics and an assistive hand exoskeleton.
Figure 3  Eddie offers advice to Chris Nycz
Figure 4  Paulo discusses his challenges with his box assembly
Figure 5  Peter offers options for cable assembly
Other companies pitching included:
Line Health is building a connected pharmacy: it leverages data and a proprietary IoT device to drive better medication adherence, outcomes and help payers and providers in their journey to value-based healthcare. Current investors and partners include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Baptist Health and Bolt.

SmartDiiet is a health monitoring smartphone mobile device and cloud-based mobile APP. The SmartDiiet device leverages several different technologies such as 3D imaging, spectroscopy and AI machine learning others, to enable a user to take a (scientific analysis) image of their entire meal and instantly see displayed on their smartphone the food’s actual weight, USDA calories, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, sodium and other nutritional values of the meal in a format similar to the FDA’s Nutritional Facts label. The device also allows the user, with a swipe of the screen, to instantly segment or separate the food types of the meal (e.g. salmon, mash potatoes, carrots …) to determine the nutritional facts of each, all from the one initial image.
Invent Boston develops and designs products that add science and whimsy to the everyday at home. Their first product is a two minute light up timer to motivate children to brush their teeth more thoroughly.
And thank you to our host:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Carbonite to Host Session on Ransomware at NewCo Boston

We are excited to announce that Carbonite has been chosen as a host company for the 2017 NewCo Boston event for the second year in a row. The NewCo mission aims to connect businesses with its audience through stories and experiences. Hosted throughout North America, Europe and Latin America, NewCo sparks discussions around innovation, technology and policy by bringing together leading thinkers and doers at innovation festivals and executive events.

Other local companies participating in this year’s event include Rapid7, Athena Health, General Assembly and many more. As a data protection company, we’re all too familiar with the reality that information is everywhere, and the more data you have, the more vulnerable you become. Cybercriminals are developing more ransomware viruses to target businesses and hold their data hostage. We’ve seen this firsthand. We recently saved our 10,000th customer from ransomware. These attacks have become so successful that hackers were able to generate ~$1B in revenue during 2016.

Where: 2 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Join us in this session at Carbonite to better understand what ransomware is, the importance of proactively protecting your data, and most importantly, how to get your data back after an attack. Register here today!

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