MIT

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    The intrepid researchers at MIT never fail to impress, and a new system they’ve designed that uses fleets of drones to automatically light a shoot for photographers is no exception. The prototype of the system will be on display at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging happening in August, and uses a single lightweight UAV to… Read More

  • 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