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  • This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    What do you do when your drone runs out of power? At this point in the quadcopter game, flying drones need to return to base to recharge or risk falling out of the sky. However, a new method for “tapping” power lines has been discussed, which would allow the drones to sit on and steal power from overhead lines and then keep flying when they’ve recharged. Read More

  • Grow Your Own Apartment With Just The Wave Of Your Hand

    Grow Your Own Apartment With Just The Wave Of Your Hand

    MIT’s CityHome aims to solve the space issue for many urban renters in New York and San Francisco who often must sacrifice space for cost. A 200 square-foot modular unit expands to a full 840 square-foot apartment with the wave of a hand. Think of it like an apartment in a box that responds to Wii-like hand gestures. Read More

  • New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    MIT researcher Daniela Rus wants to help you bake a robot. Not out of cake batter, silly (although that would be delicious.) Instead, Rus’ project involves cutting out and “printing” plastic materials that change shape when baked, essentially allowing for self-forming objects that build themselves. The system takes a 3D CAD file and flattens it, adding creases that react to… Read More

  • MIT Researchers Create An App That Turns Selfies Into Works Of Art

    MIT Researchers Create An App That Turns Selfies Into Works Of Art

    Sure you can add filters to your Instagram pictures to make that shot of your dog sitting near a puddle look like some kind of lobotomized-Ansel-Adams gelatin plate but can you make your head shots look amazing? YiChang Shih, a researcher at MIT, has figured out how. Read More

  • MIT’s Bitcoin Club To Give $100 In BTC To Every Student

    MIT’s Bitcoin Club To Give $100 In BTC To Every Student

    YOU get bitcoin! And YOU get bitcoin. In fact, everyone at MIT gets bitcoin. Two ambitious MIT students, CS sophomore Jeremy Rubin and MBA candidate Dan Elitzer, have raised over $500,000 so that all 4,528 undergrads at MIT can have $100 worth of BTC. Why? They want to educate MIT students about cryptocurrencies and get all on-campus merchants bitcoin ready by next year. Read More

  • MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

    MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

    At MIT’s Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the “FingerReader,” a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software. The FingerReader’s voice is clipped and metallic – what one might liken… Read More

  • Cuttable, Foldable Sensors Can Add Multi-Touch To Any Device

    Cuttable, Foldable Sensors Can Add Multi-Touch To Any Device

    Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and the Max Planck Institutes have created a foldable, cuttable multi-touch sensor that works no matter how you cut it, allowing multi-touch input on nearly any surface. In traditional sensors the connectors are laid out in a grid and when one part of the grid is damaged you lose sensitivity in a wide swathe of other sensors. This system lays the sensors out… Read More

  • Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

    Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

    Welcome to our continuing series featuring videos of robots that will, when they become autonomous, hunt us down and force us to work in the graphene factories of Mars. Below we see Wild Cat, a fully untethered remote control quadrupedal robot made by Boston Dynamics, creators of the famous Big Dog. This quadruped can run up to 16 miles an hour and features a scary-sound internal gas engine… Read More

  • MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure

    MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure

    M-Blocks are reconfigurable, modular robots with no external moving parts, built by research scientists at MIT. The cubes’ ability to move results from harnessing the momentum of an internal flywheel (which can hit speeds of 20,000 revolutions p/m) — allowing them to climb over one another, make jumps, spin and roll around, and do so without wheels or legs. Read More

  • The Pavlov Poke Shocks You When You Use Facebook Too Much

    The Pavlov Poke Shocks You When You Use Facebook Too Much

    Do you spend too much time on Facebook? Why not administer non-lethal shocks to your body when you click over to your News Feed! Two Ph.D. candidates at MIT, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, did just that when they realized that they were spending over 50 hours on the service per week combined, and the results – and questions their project raises – are quite interesting. Read More

  • Taxi Groups Call For Eradication Of Rideshare Startups At SF City Hall Protest

    Taxi Groups Call For Eradication Of Rideshare Startups At SF City Hall Protest

    San Francisco taxi labor groups called for the eradication of car ride-sharing startups and the imprisonment of some of their members at a protest in front of City Hall yesterday. “We want to see these illegal cabs to go away. We want them to be ticketed, cited, arrested, if necessary. They should not be allowed as long as you have a regulated taxi force,” said Barry Korengold… Read More

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