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MIT researchers develop advanced, self-learning algorithm to revolutionize carpooling

NYC Carpooling algorithm

After Uber and Lyft explored the potential of carpooling using mobile data, researchers have also started to prepare themselves technically to adapt to this trend. Carpooling, if used efficiently with the help of huge amount of data extracted from millions of taxi rides and maps of road network, can reduce the traffic congestion, save fuel and time, and reduce vehicular pollution along with road accidents in the New York city, claims the researchers at the MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Read More…

MIT’s MoVR system cuts the cord in virtual reality

wireless-vr-headset using MoVR

Virtual Reality is all the rage; it’s the next best thing to wearables and it’s being used for everything from gaming and entertainment to medicine. Sadly, VR tech is still in its infancy and is limited to PC’s periphery – almost all VR headset require to be tethered to a computer system to enjoy the immersive experience. Since, ability to go cordless can help better immersive experience and open new applications for virtual reality headsets; researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed MoVR system that allows any VR headset to be used wirelessly. Read More…

MIT researchers develop furry wetsuit inspired by beavers

Furry wetsuit by MIT

Nature inspires everything manmade, and that inspiration isn’t going to die down. Researchers at MIT derive inspiration for a number of inventions from nature, and this research follows suite. Anette (Peko) Hosoi, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate head of the department at MIT along with co-authors Alice Nasto (lead author and graduate student) postdoc José Alvarado, and applied mathematics instructor Pierre-Thomas Brun are developing a wetsuit inspired by semiaquatic hairy mammals.
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MIT researchers create liquid battery that uses gravity to generate energy

MIT liquid battery uses gravity to generate power

The concept of liquid flow batteries is not new, such batteries have been around in some form since the 1970s. Taking an inspiration from these, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are building a new, revolutionary liquid battery that uses gravity to generate power. According to the paper published in the Energy and Environmental Science journal, MIT researches suggest, the new battery will work on the principle of an hourglass and should be available as a power solution for applications across a range of industries soon. Read More…

MIT researchers develop mind-controlled robotic fingers that respond like normal fingers

Robotic fingers by MIT team

Researchers at MIT have developed a hi-tech mind-controlled robotic hand that can be strapped around user’s wrist or to any other part of the arm. The hand consists of two fingers that are flexible enough move 180 degrees. User can also control it with hand gestures to perform certain functions. Each finger has four pitch servos and total setup uses 11 motors to serve as multi-purpose system that can perform a vast range of functions such as grabbing things (upto 1kg). The robotic hand’s palm opens against user’s own palm to assist in lifting a bucket, as a gripper, to hold a pen when your real fingers are busy or to work as a joystick to play games, and so on. Read More…

MIT Media Lab develops programmable 3D printed hair for variety of applications

3dprinted hair
3D printing has paved way for new innovations, which were limited to sci-fi movies only. Recently, MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group showcased their 3D-printed innovation at the CHI 2016 for human-man computer interaction in San Joes. The Lab developed soft plastic hair that mimics real hair in nature. The artificial hair, developed under Project Cilllia, can be programmed to perform defined functions. It means advent of finger swipe sensors and passive actuators for many applications. The development has opened up new possibilities for personal fabrication, 3D printing and most importantly human-computer interaction. Read More…

MIT researchers develop second skin that makes you look younger

MIT Second Skin

Everyone wants to maintain their youthful appearance till eternity, but that isn’t possible, is it? It is indeed possible if we are to believe what scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed. Even though their invention is only a temporary fix to having youthful skin sans any wrinkles, sagging or marks. With almost 10 years into the research of this magic material, the researchers have finally created cross-linked polymer layer (XPL) which is almost invisible and comfortable to wear.
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Puma BeatBot robot wants to create invincible runners like Usain Bolt

Puma Beatbot Robot

Usain Bolt is currently the fastest runner on the planet and Puma wants to turn every aspiring runner into a champion. That is a dream practically impossible, but at-least Puma is giving it a try. With able help from a team of MIT engineering graduates and advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, Puma has developed BeatBot, a robot which motivates racers to increase their pace. Obviously, to make it known to the world, Puma has roped in Usain Bolt as the man to promote this one of a kind robotic rig.
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Amphibian SCUBA Diving Simulator: MIT researchers give disabled a way to explore underwater life

Amphibian SCUBA diving simulator

Scuba diving as an experience transports you into an altogether different world, and unfortunately having a phobia of deep water, I never managed to experience it myself. For people like me who are too afraid to venture into the depth of waters to explore a completely different world, researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Living Mobile Group have developed a SCUBA diving simulator. The research led by Dhruv Jain, a Master of Science candidate in the MIT Media Lab, who is partially deaf, along with Mishra Sra has come-up with the SCUBA simulator to help people with disability or water aqua phobia.
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New light-based computer chip is 15 times faster than electricity-based chip

Light-based microprocessor chip

The future is poised to welcome computer chips that have very high speed and consume as little energy as possible. Taking us into that future, researches at MIT, the University of California, and the University of Colorado, have developed a microprocessor chip that uses light instead of electricity to transfer data at immensely fast speed consuming very little amount of electricity. Read More…