MIT’s Local Warming project uses motion tracking devices to warm up people, instead of empty rooms.
It can also be tailored to individual preferences, unlike central heating. “You can instantly change the settings to your desired heat, and the system can immediately respond to match that comfort level,” say Ratti and Roure. “It’s like laying in the sun—but it’s your personal sun.”
Communication generally exists through sound or type. But MIT Media Lab developed an insane shapeshifting display that works kind of like Skype for 3-D objects. See it, and more of 2013’s most amazing user interfaces, here!
We think of 3-D printers as desktop machines, stagnant workhorses used to generate piecemeal shapes for humans to relocate in the real world. But a new, stunning piece of architecture by the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab brings all of those assumptions into question.
It’s called the Silk Pavilion, and it is what researchers call a “biological swarm approach to 3-D printing.” It is a beautiful structure constructed by 6,500 live silkworms, and may be the most epicly named piece of fabrication technology since the blowtorch.
Yes, MIT, the very apogee of tech sophistication, seems to have bought itself a bright-yellow lemon. The showstopper home for its computer-science, linguistics, and philosophy departments cost $300 million to build ($200 million more than initial estimates) and opened in 2004 (four years behind schedule). And now the school has turned to the courts to express its buyer’s remorse. A lawsuit filed in October against both the construction firm and the architect alleges “design and construction failures,” negligence, and breach of contract, which have cost the university $1.5 million in repairs already, with millions more likely to come.
Cognitive scientist Deb Roy, founder of Bluefin Labs, blew the curve for Flip cam-packing proud pops. Since he and his wife brought their son home from the hospital, Roy has captured his every movement and word with a series of fisheye-lens cameras installed in every room. The purpose was to understand how we learn language.
A visit to MIT’s Geekapalooza, where future Moneyball-ers are scouted, and signed to the major leagues to analyze stats.
The annual sports stat geek conference held at MIT’s Sloan business school is part Star Trek convention, part academic conference, part job fair, part media circus (thanks, ESPN!)—and the future of the $400 billion sports business.