According to an article in The Boston Globe, the Bay State is heading for more than 4,000 patents awarded in 2003, and inventing more than other high-tech states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. Taken from the "Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy", published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the study chronicles the number of patents awarded per 100,000 residents. The majority of the state's patented innovations are related to biotechnology, medical devices, computer networking, and telecommunications, with only a few inventions available commercially.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.