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Entries in MIT (6)

Wednesday
Nov132013

Interacting with the Physical World Through an iPad

With inFORM, a Dynamic Shape Display - created by MIT - a digital user can physically render 3-D content through an iPad. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it; for example, moving objects on the table's surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

Monday
Jul022012

MIT's Media Lab Creates Way to Immerse Movie Watchers, Gamers

Movie fans and gamers, hold on to your seats. MIT's Media Lab has developed a way to immerse movie watchers and gamers into their experience.

Taking advantage of a viewer's peripheral vision, the system creates a 3-D synethetic light field that is projected onto walls and celings. Our brain blends the movie or game in front of the viewer with the light field on the walls and ceilings into one seamless, immersive experience. 

Viewers say they feel included into the story and even cinestheitc effects, such as feeling the heat from on-screen explosions. 

Tuesday
Apr032012

Robots For All 

 

Imagine building your own personal Rosie in 24 hours. That's what MIT researchers are setting out to accomplish.

MIT received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to re-invent how robots are designed and produced. The goal is to make desktop technology for the average person to be able to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

Currently, it takes years to produce a robot, but this five-year project called "An Expedition in Computing for Compiling Printable Programmable Machines," wants everyday people, who need help with household tasks, to head to their local printing store to select a blueprint from a library of robotic designs and customize an easy-to-use robotic device that could solve the problem. Within 24 hours, the robot would be printed, assembled, fully programmed and operational. 

Tuesday
Dec132011

A Camera That Makes the Speed of Light Look Slow

What a week for pushing the limits of human knowledge. Not only are we closer to identifying the very particle that explains how the Universe is built -- we also have realized that a camera can break the speed of light.

MIT researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of 1 trillion exposures per second. That’s fast enough to produce a slow-motion(!) video of a burst of light traveling the length of a one-liter bottle, bouncing off the cap and reflecting back to the bottle’s bottom.

Media Lab postdoc Andreas Velten, one of the system’s developers, calls it the “ultimate” in slow motion: “There’s nothing in the universe that looks fast to this camera,” he says.

Check out the incredible video for more.

Wednesday
Aug032011

MIT Robot Bakes Giant Cookies

Mario Bollini, a graduate student at the Professor Daniela Rus' Distributed Robotics Lab, is working to perfect the baking abilities of a PR2 robot. Currently, the robot can bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch. Another MIT research team is programming the robot to wipe down the table and open the oven door so it can accomplish the entire baking process.

According to an MIT press release, “My task is to have the PR2 bake cookies all the way from locating the ingredients in front of it on the table to putting the cookie in the oven,” Mario Bollini said.

The PR2 laser scans the ingredients on a table and uses a stereo camera to locate the cookie sheet and butter. The other ingredients and equipment are identified by color and size. The PR2 then mixes the ingredients, transfers the dough to a cookie sheet and patting it to form a giant cookie.