A few facts you may not know about Route 128

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On February 24, 2015 in Blog

Not familiar with Route 128? It’s an iconic area outside Boston that is steeped in technology history as the home to some of the world’s most innovative and influential technology companies.

We’ve just set up our new offices off Route 128: you can read a bit more about it here in the Boston Business Journal.

Here’s a few other facts about our new location:

  1. Route 128 was coined the ‘Magic Semicircle’ in 1955 due its 180-degree shape and its high proportion of residents as the allure of easily-accessible and cost-effective office space near the world’s top scholars – MIT and Harvard – attracted technology innovators
  2. In 1957, there were 99 companies employing 17,000 workers along 128
  3. The ‘Massachusetts Miracle’ came about in 1980, when Route 128’s technology tenants sparked a major peak in the state’s economy. Such residents included Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Data General, Microsoft, Computervision, Raytheon, BEA Systems, and EMC Corporation
  4. It was once nicknamed the ‘Yankee Highway’ after the 26th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, which was known as the ‘Yankee Division’ which was formed in 1917 and fought in both World War I and World War II

128+Tech+Highway+signWe look forward to helping KIBO settle into its new home and to sharing robotics, education technology, and child development on America’s technology highway! After a whirlwind of a year, from Kickstarter through the holidays, we’re thankful and proud to be growing as a company and fulfilling our mission of introducing technology and STEAM education to children aged 4-7 years.

To learn more about our move, please see the full press release here.