8 Real-Life Robots That Inspired Big Hero 6

The star of the new Disney-Marvel movie Big Hero 6 is a poofy robot named Baymax who can assess your health with a laser-enabled two-second full-body scan. He also might soon be a reality. Baymax and other robots in the film were inspired by eight actual robots, some of which were designed and built in labs at MIT, … » 11/06/14 9:20am 11/06/14 9:20am

MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome. » 9/15/14 4:33pm 9/15/14 4:33pm

Jon Stewart Is Totally Confused About the Internet of Things

Last night's episode of The Daily Show featured MIT Media Lab instructor David Rose talking all about connected objects and his new book, Enchanted Objects. The hilarious interview left Jon Stewart in awe over the new frontier of tech. » 8/27/14 11:50am 8/27/14 11:50am

Sleep No More: What It's Like Inside the World's Most Interactive Play

Come with me. I've got something to show you. A dark-haired woman clad in a long beaded dress said this to me as she whisked me away into the strange underworld of "Sleep No More." » 6/01/12 3:40pm 6/01/12 3:40pm

Recompose is the Keyboard You Don't Necessarily Have to Touch

Recompose, the latest piece of technological innovation to come out of MIT's Media Labs, is in many ways unclassifiable. It's a user interface whose design part gesture-based, part touch-based, and entirely ambiguous in its purpose. Still though, it's intriguing. » 8/01/11 8:00pm 8/01/11 8:00pm

Merry Miser: The Antidote to Impulse Spending

I don't get it. These clothes looked great in the store and I was so excited to buy them but now, they're just... meh. Sorcerers and Their Apprentices discusses the impulse spending epidemic and how one app may hold the cure. » 6/23/11 4:00pm 6/23/11 4:00pm

MIT Media Lab Made Itself a Self-Generating, 40,000 Variant Logo

How do you design a logo with longevity? One that won't seem stale and tired after a few years? Make it beautiful, of course, and then give it 40,000 possible appearances based on an algorithm—enough to last 25 years of use. » 3/09/11 12:20pm 3/09/11 12:20pm

Collapsible Input Pen Lets You Draw 3D Images On a 2D Surface

It's difficult to create 3D images on a 2D surface because, well, you're missing a whole dimension. Enter Beyond, a collapsible input device that virtually extends the pen into the screen to create the 3D effect. » 7/14/10 10:00pm 7/14/10 10:00pm

MIT Media Lab Extension: The New Home of Face-Melting Research

The renowned MIT Media Lab is a place where every project is an amazing, unbelievable glimpse into humanity's technological future. Now, thanks to a massive $90 million extension, the architecture can match the wondrous excitement created within. » 3/09/10 10:00am 3/09/10 10:00am

MIT Media Lab: Electronic Wallpaper, Conductive Threads and More

Diana Eng, who you might remember as Project Runway's premiere nerd designer, took a look at MIT's Media Lab and found some pretty cool stuff, mostly run off of Arduino microcontrollers. Check it out below. » 11/07/09 9:30pm 11/07/09 9:30pm

MIT Media Lab's Siftables Are Cool, But Ultimately Useless

These Siftables from MIT Media Labs are small Post It-sized displays with processing power built in, allowing it to communicate with other Siftables as well as detect motion and proximity. You'll have to see what that means in the video, as they have different examples of shaking these Siftables, connecting them… » 3/15/08 8:30pm 3/15/08 8:30pm

MIT's 3D Installation Pwns Roger Rabbit

Given that we've covered the topic of real-time 3D animation in 2D video signals before, we must be fairly obsessed with the topic. But placing a 3D CG image into a video signal and manipulating said signal is still, in our book, pretty freakin' cool. Here's a tech demo of 'Installation' by MIT Media Labs. After you… » 1/27/08 8:18pm 1/27/08 8:18pm

Buy One $100 Laptop, Give Two to Kids

PledgeBank, the site that allows its users to vow to do something and then encourages others to do the same, is where Mike Liveright set up his particular pledge: he will purchase three of the MIT Media Lab's $100 OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) laptops at $300, giving two of them away. He'll do this only if 100,000… » 5/25/06 8:41am 5/25/06 8:41am

Lover's Cups

Jackie Lee and Hyemin Chung of MIT Media Lab have a great project called Lover's Cups, a wireless-enabled pair of drinking glasses. Each cup can tell when someone is drinking from the other; when both are being used they glow to "celebrate this virtual kiss". » 3/09/06 4:08pm 3/09/06 4:08pm

Fashion From Another Planet

Leave it to the brainiac graduate students at the MIT Media Lab to come up with fashions that blend techno-geekiness with other-planet surrealism. Putting together an event called Seamless: Computational Couture, the wigged-out designistas took the meaning of the term wtf to an entirely new level. The curators… » 2/05/06 2:00pm 2/05/06 2:00pm