MIT Wants To Give Our Hands Two Extra Robot Fingers

First it was an extra set of shoulder-mounted robot arms, but now MIT feels that humanity could also benefit from a couple of extra robotic fingers on each hand. Faye Wu and other researchers at the school have been developing SR—or supernumerary robotic—fingers that work alongside your existing digits to make… » 7/17/14 1:57pm 7/17/14 1:57pm

3D-Printed Ice Cream Guarantees the Perfectly Balanced Cone

The MIT students who hacked together a Cuisinart soft-serve machine, a Solidoodle, and a freezer to create this wonderful 3D ice cream printer have no plans to commercialize it; they just built it as a proof-of-concept. And that's too bad, because if perfected this machine has the potential to engineer a perfect ice… » 7/17/14 9:49am 7/17/14 9:49am

MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be the Perfect Photography Assistants

If you've ever been to a photography set, you've probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting—only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That's why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure… » 7/11/14 3:20pm 7/11/14 3:20pm

This Heater Knows Where You Are and Only Warms the Space You're Using

A heater that follows you around might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it's very much a reality for an MIT research group that wants to revolutionize the way we heat our buildings. They've invented a system called Local Warming, which tracks your location using Wi-Fi and only heats your immediate vicinity. » 6/11/14 11:20am 6/11/14 11:20am

This Map Shows You The Fastest Way to Get Anywhere In Your City

Conventional wisdom (especially when it's raining) whispers in your ear that you can get anywhere in your city fastest by jumping in a car. Turns out in many cases, that is probably not true. Now you can easily see which mode of transit will deliver you to your destination faster, wherever you are. » 6/06/14 4:00pm 6/06/14 4:00pm

MIT Developed a Camouflage Generator That Can Hide Almost Anything

When you hear the word camouflage, images of fake foliage, random brown blobs, or maybe even the US military's failed pixelated fatigues come to mind. But researchers at MIT have developed a new algorithm that generates camouflage patterns that let an object blend into any surroundings, not just a jungle or the desert. » 5/22/14 12:00pm 5/22/14 12:00pm

Floating Nuclear Reactors Might Make More Sense Than You'd Think

At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: A floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan? » 4/16/14 2:00pm 4/16/14 2:00pm

Self-Stacking Building Blocks Are Nothing Short of Magic

Deciding that the lowly building block was due for an upgrade, researchers at MIT have created something amazing. The simple-looking M-Blocks are made from an aluminum frame filled with electronics, an electric motor that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and a flywheel. And they can perform some amazing feats without any… » 4/16/14 1:20pm 4/16/14 1:20pm

Anybody With a Printer Can Make These Origami-Inspired Robots

We were promised robots. The future, science fiction told us, would be a world swarming with automatons that did all the jobs we didn't want. But you know what? Robots are really expensive and hard to build. Two MIT scientists want to change all that with inkjet printers and techniques borrowed from origami. » 4/11/14 4:20pm 4/11/14 4:20pm

Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph To a Person's Movements

Just five months ago, MIT's Tangible Media Group was showing off a physical interface that mimics you in real time. This week in Milan, the team unveiled the next iteration of the system that's much larger and even more sophisticated. You're going to want to click through for the videos. » 4/11/14 9:42am 4/11/14 9:42am

New awesome videos show how mesmerizing that morphing table is

It still looks like magic. To be honest, I haven't ruled out magic as a reasonable explanation for this yet yet. The MIT morphing table that lets you create a virtual version of you has some new tricks up its sleeves and they're just as impressively mesmerizing as the first time we saw it. Watch it control the red… » 2/07/14 11:01pm 2/07/14 11:01pm