"We live in an increasingly digital world, but that world is fractured between many screens and interfaces. The question we wanted to try to answer with THAW was how can we combine these computer interfaces and screens into a single seamless experience."
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.”
MIT-developed lubricant LiquiGlide makes anything—syrup, ketchup, paint—slide right out of the bottle so you don’t waste a drop. Join Fast Company’s Austin Carr as he talks to the company’s president, Carsten Boers, on Wednesday, February 5th at 1pm ET.
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!
Self-assembling cube robots! Watch.
With 4-D printing, Skylar Tibbits and the Self Assembly Lab are printing materials that fold, transform and shape themselves and could adapt to changing environmental conditions. No assembly required.
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.
Read more here: How MIT Is Hacking Thousands Of Worms To Print Buildings
MIT neuroscientists recently watched the brains of 63 entrepreneurs and managers, and spotted a key difference: Entrepreneurs use their whole orbitofrontal cortexes, enabling them to be more flexible problem solvers.
The glowing faux-ice changes color based on how quickly you’re throwing them back, to let you know if you should pace yourself a little.
Pretty on the outside, but as Fast Company wrote in 2008 it’s plagued with problems.
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.
Scientists at MIT have developed this freaky non-stick coating that keeps ketchup flowing. Amazing solution to an old problem. Also one of the weirdest videos you will see this week.
3-D Printing Is So Last Year.
A great video post from the archives: MIT Scientist Captures 90,000 Hours of Video of His Son’s First Words, Graphs It
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.