This three-week-old robot created at the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group is spinning a web. Or maybe it’s more like a cocoon. Whatever you call it, it’s doing so without any help from humans, using tensile materials like string and rope to shroud itself in a woven enclosure of its own creation.
Back in late 2010, MIT Media Lab announced that it was working on technology that would allow a camera to see around corners and image objects that were never in its direct line of sight. Now, the lab has released a video explaining exactly how they do this and showing the technology in action.
How can a digital mastermind take his ideas to the physical world?
By Mark Jannot
Posted 11.28.2011 at 11:10 am 1 Comment
Joi Ito was an early investor in some of the most influential and successful internet properties of the past half-decade, including Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, and Kickstarter. Now, as the new director of the MIT Media Lab, he's applying his digital savvy to innovating in the material world. PopSci's editor-in-chief, Mark Jannot, sat down with Ito--well, Skyped, at least--to find out more about how Ito plans to foster innovation and make gadgets great.
3-D printing is a young technology, but its pioneers and champions aren't satisfied with printing cars, airplane parts, or tiny edible spaceships--they're always looking down the road at what's next. We talked with some of the best minds in 3-D printing about their dream projects--not what's possible now, but what their current work might lead to in five or ten years. These six dream projects are pretty astounding, and what's most striking is how attainable they seem. These aren't pipe dreams. They're our future.
Is your latest photo just too great to show on a small touchscreen? Gather up all your mobile devices and old computers and stitch them together. If they can connect to the Internet, the Junkyard Jumbotron has you covered.
As far as things that come out of the MIT Media Lab are concerned, perhaps a flute is among the less impressive. But take into account that the entire fully-functioning acoustic instrument was created via 3-D printer with a minimum of human assembly, and it sounds markedly more impressive.
To most of us, seeing what’s around the corner before rounding the bend is known as premonition. For students and professors at MIT’s Media Lab, it’s called physics. The lab is working on a laser-based camera that can snap images around corners, imaging scenery that is beyond direct line of sight.
A new opera produced by the lab behind Guitar Hero technology includes robotic singers, interactive instruments and a focus on technology that could change the way we experience live performances.
“Death and the Powers,” which has been 10 years in the making, premieres later this month in the city-state of Monaco, whose ruler, Prince Albert II, is the project’s patron. It’s the first royal performance to feature OperaBots.
Psychiatrists have long observed that clinically depressed people speak in a certain slow, halting monotone pattern. Now voice-analysis software could pick up on those cues over the phone and alert nurses to possible depression in existing patients.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.