MIT

  • Prototype Electric Motor Works With Any Bicycle

    Prototype Electric Motor Works With Any Bicycle

    MIT students have developed the “Copenhagen Wheel”, a device intended to be attached to any standard bicycle to turn it into an electric. The Wheel contains a motor, batteries, and gear system all inside a single hub, and is intended to help cyclists with hilly terrain and over long distances. Interestingly, there are also sensors that will link with cycling-related mobile apps. Read More

  • Using photography software to see through space and time

    Using photography software to see through space and time

    It’s interesting to see pictures of areas of your city or town from the past, and it can be even more interesting to try to reproduce those pictures. Typically, it’s very difficult to get everything to line up exactly right, but researchers at MIT are developing software to automate the process. Read More

  • Polaroid archive shows history of pictures

    Polaroid archive shows history of pictures

    Polaroid is one of those things that’s always been with us, and if some have their way, always will. I remember taking pictures at camp using the family OneStep, and I still have a shot of myself at my first job. Read More

  • Remember Those Red Darpa Balloons?  We Helped Find Three Of Them

    Remember Those Red Darpa Balloons? We Helped Find Three Of Them

    Remember the DARPA red balloon challenge back in December? DARPA launched ten red balloons across the country and offered $40,000 to the first group of people who could identify the exact locations of all ten. All sorts of teams with different strategies participated, with the winning team coming from MIT. Well, it turns out that TechCrunch helped find three of those balloons, more than… Read More

  • MIT's teleconferencing robot can interact with, strangle you

    Have you ever wanted to reach out and strangle someone during a conference call? Well now you can. MIT’s crazy MeBot is a tiny robot that sits on your desk and moves around, allowing remote communication partners to roam around your office when you’re talking to them. Read More

  • Swarming helicopters create 3D display

    Swarming helicopters create 3D display


    If we’re going to be killed by swarming robots, they might as well look good doing it. Scientists at the MIT SENSEable City lab created a 3D display using tiny remote controlled helicopters that float in patterns in the air and light up, thereby creating a volumetric display. Read More

  • Ford and MIT studying driver stress levels

    Ford and MIT studying driver stress levels

    Your next Ford might have flowers, pastel colors, or calming scents coming from the interior. All of this will be aimed at reducing stress, and allow the driver to better connect with their vehicle. Read More

  • MIT creates technology that lets you use the Force

    This might be the display you are looking for. The MIT media lab just announced the creation of a new display technology that will read your hand gestures in order to manipulate images on the screen. While it’s not *technically* the Force, it’s still pretty cool. Read More

  • Winner's Curse: Why Losing A B-School Biz Plan Competition Is Better Than Winning

    Winner's Curse: Why Losing A B-School Biz Plan Competition Is Better Than Winning

    One of the best things about being an academic is being able to mold young minds and guide them to success. When one of my students, Andrew Leblanc told me he was entering the Duke Startup Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition, I told him to come and see me and do a practice run. After all, I had judged several of these contests at Duke and other universities. I thought I knew what… Read More

  • The Personas Project From MIT Is All Kinds Of Cool

    The Personas Project From MIT Is All Kinds Of Cool

    Go here and put your name in the box. Just do it. It’s awesome. The project, called Personas, comes from the MIT Media Lab built by Aaron Zinman. Basically, it takes your name and searches the web for some context around it. It then takes the words and sites it finds to build a profile of your presence on the web. Or in MIT-speak using words like “corpus”: Read More