A $500 "nano-camera" that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by researchers in the MIT Media Lab. The three-dimensional camera, which was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong, could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming.
Object recognition is one of the most widely studied problems in computer vision. But a robot that manipulates objects in the world needs to do more than just recognize them; it also needs to understand their orientation. Is that mug right-side up or upside-down? And which direction is its handle facing?
Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.
The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who were sure of their recollections, but DNA evidence later overturned the conviction.
The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing. But now MIT researchers are opening another avenue for improvement, aiming to produce the thinnest and most lightweight solar panels possible.
Researchers at MIT have proposed a new system that combines ferroelectric materials — the kind often used for data storage — with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic and mechanical properties.
MiIT researchers have developed a way of printing synthetic bones using a 3D printer in combination with two synthetic polymers that combine to give the same fracture behavior as bones.
Samsung is reportedly spending R&D money on developings ways to control a phone by the human brain.
Moore's Law, the much-cited theory that rates of technological improvement increase exponentially over time - is true, say MIT researchers.
When a robot performs an action, it is typically scripted and very precise.
Mercury may once have had a large ocean of magma, Messenger data shows, shortly after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.
MIT researchers have unveiled an ultra-high-definition, or Quad HD, chip, the first to be able to handle the new HEVC video standard in real time.
Smartphone snapshots could be instantly converted into perfectly-lit professional-looking photographs, thanks to a processor chip developed at MIT.
Even if you didn’t know who Aaron Swartz was previously, by now you’ve certainly read the news of his tragic passing at the age of 26.
We just reported on the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, who took his life at the age of 26. Swartz co-created RSS when he was fourteen, and founded a company that eventually merged with Reddit.
MIT engineers say they've found a way to generate electricity just by drawing on the water vapor in the air.
Rolling robots like spiky tumbleweeds could be used to explore the moons of Mars, says a team of NASA, Stanford and MIT engineers.
MIT researchers have discovered a completely new type of magnetism, theorized but never before observed.
A team of MIT researchers believe the semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips may be numbered - thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from indium gallium arsenide.