“Silicon Valley” Tech Actually Made by Massachusetts Companies

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The Boston tech community thinks of itself as a net exporter of innovation—and that includes to places like Hollywood.

Those of you watching this season’s “Silicon Valley” TV show will be interested to learn that “the box” product being made by the fictional startup Pied Piper is based on a Massachusetts company’s design. That would be Westborough, MA-based SimpliVity, maker of the OmniCube, which it describes as a “fully integrated hyperconverged infrastructure appliance” for data centers. Stay tuned next week for the product’s big reveal on the show.

The photo above is of the “Silicon Valley” set, with actors Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods chatting with a crew member. SimpliVity engineers and marketers worked with the TV crew and designers to get the details right on the new product—which should contribute to the show’s authenticity with tech fans.

Meanwhile, in this season’s opening scene, two of the main characters are driving on a dark road when they crash into what looks like a deer. But it turns out to be a four-legged robot with antlers tied on—you guessed it, a robot made by Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired in 2013. One of the characters, played by T.J. Miller (who appeared last fall at a Boston tech event), proceeds to kick the robot in what may be the highlight of the whole season.