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  • Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Robots are supposed to be huge and hulking like Big Dog, but what happens when they are as light as a feather? MIT researchers recently demonstrated a tiny robot that can fold itself from a sheet of thin material, walk around and carry loads, and then dunk itself in acetone to completely dissolve. The robot, which is controlled by electromagnets, can build itself in a few seconds and then… Read More

  • The Enterprise Transformation Conundrum

    The Enterprise Transformation Conundrum

    The problem is it’s not an easy undertaking to change the way a large organization operates. Real initiative gets bogged down in politics, hierarchical thinking and institutional inertia. Change requires more than inspiration. It takes hard work — and often the skill of a used car salesman to sell your idea to a reluctant C suite. Some companies have forward-looking leaders who… Read More

  • WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

    WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

    Despite the pace of online communications, we still spend a lot of time waiting: staring at an IM window is a common occurrence for anyone who spends a better part of their day at a computer. WaitChatter wants to make use of that standby time to promote a vital skill, letting users brush up on their vocabulary for a second language while they wait for their colleague or friend to respond to… Read More

  • AI Project Designed To Recognize Scenes Surprises By Identifying Objects, Too

    AI Project Designed To Recognize Scenes Surprises By Identifying Objects, Too

    In this week’s edition of ‘omg the machines are on the verge of sentience,’ we bring you news of a research project out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory: A system designed to recognize specific scenes, which is a key ingredient in making computers smarter, turned out to also be able to identify objects as an unintended side… Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak¬†throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • A Journey To Intelligent Design

    A Journey To Intelligent Design

    If you’re looking for zeitgeist Biblical metaphors for the tech sector, you can’t do much better than the Tower of Babel. Human civilization a hundred years after the Flood; monolingual and gathered in a city called Babel. They become possessed with the mission of building a tower to the heavens. Which they begin‚Ķ Read More

  • Slideshow: The Cinder Sensing Cooker Won’t Burn Your Food To A Crisp

    Slideshow: The Cinder Sensing Cooker Won’t Burn Your Food To A Crisp

    I’m a lucky lad. Every so often the creators of a really cool, really revolutionary cooking devices come to my house and make me food and this time it was Cinder. Think of Cinder as a George Foreman Grill that went to MIT. Designed to cook everything perfectly, the system can cook, sear, and grill automatically, allowing you to place food in the machine and have it cooked to perfection… Read More

  • Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

    Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

    Long before LinkedIn went public or before a plethora of on-demand startups began washing the Bay Area and other U.S. cities with services at the click of a button, there was this startup from an MIT grad called Assured Labor. David Reich started the company in 2008 to make informal labor markets in Latin America faster and more transparent for low-skilled workers. It was a social enterprise… Read More

  • This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. Read More

  • Communicating Through Touch

    Communicating Through Touch

    Three squeezes means I-love-you; two squeezes means I’m-scared. My 11 year-old daughter and I share a special language of hand-squeezing. We developed patterns to relay assurance, fear, surprise, and “check out the crazy outfit in that direction”. It’s useful and fun to have a touch-based language, plus it’s fast, discreet, and intimate. Read More

  • Harvard Innovation Challenge Winner Quorum Hopes To Replace Gaggles Of Interns In DC With Data-Driven Policy

    Harvard Innovation Challenge Winner Quorum Hopes To Replace Gaggles Of Interns In DC With Data-Driven Policy

    Every summer, thousands of mostly unpaid interns flood the nation’s capital to learn the intricacies of passing legislation (read: making coffee). All of those projects like “who voted for us?” and “what should we do next?” that have been on the office back burner since they just aren’t important to anyone now have a chance to grab the limelight. Few… Read More

  • These Utah College Students Have Millions Of Dollars To Invest In Your Startup

    These Utah College Students Have Millions Of Dollars To Invest In Your Startup

    Twenty-one-year-old Dominic Callas is not your typical venture capitalist. The Westminster College student spends 20-30 hours a week sourcing and researching possible deals at an $18 million venture fund run almost entirely by students. University Venture Fund, where Callas works, is a venture capital firm based in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The fund lets college students… Read More

  • MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    The MIT robotics labs provide an endless source of variously amusing, terrifying, and wonderful developments, and today’s is a robot prototype that can scurry across the surface of a ship’s hull, using ultrasound tech to scan for false panels and other secret compartments used by seafaring smugglers. In our version of the future, this means inspections for contraband on… Read More

  • A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

    A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

    Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a robot used in manufacturing and to perform repetitive tasks, can carry out those tasks with a certain gentleness and grace thanks to the… Read More

  • Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

    Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

    It’s not every day that you see a robotic electric cheetah traipse merrily on the MIT quad and football field, but here you go: the Cheetah, a robot that will be able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour, is now wandering about untethered like Big Dog’s jumpy younger brother. The Cheetah was made at MIT’s Biomimetics Lab and features a light, powerful collection of electric… Read More

  • The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    We’ve been following MIT’s ATLAS, the bipedal robot, for a while now. We’ve seen the cute little guy walk, toddle, and climb over obstacles but now he can reach down, grab a heavy metal girder, and drag it around like a beast. Our little robo-monster is growing up! The demo, which was presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong… Read More

  • Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses

    Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses

    MIT’s research department working with the University of California at Berkeley has created digital display tech that can automatically compensate for vision problems, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts for specific uses like reading or viewing GPS navigation devices for far-sighted folks, among other potential uses. The new display tech is actually a variation on glasses-free… Read More

  • MIT Students Create An Ice Cream Printer

    MIT Students Create An Ice Cream Printer

    You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate. The system is a proof-of-concept… Read More

  • Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Is there anything flying quadcopters can’t do (besides give birth to human babies… yet?) Researchers at MIT and Cornell have created a flying flash rig that connects a light meter, photographic flash, and continuous light source so that photographers can get perfect shots from any angle. Read More

  • MIT Is Working On T-1000 Style State Shifting Robots With Google’s Robot Company

    MIT Is Working On T-1000 Style State Shifting Robots With Google’s Robot Company

    Robots of the near future could resemble T-1000, rather than the early Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 Model 101: A team at MIT has developed a phase-changing material built out of the decidedly unsexy components of wax and foam that can switch between hard and soft material states at will. Even low-cost robots could employ this material, too, so shape-changing could make its way into future… Read More

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