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MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand

MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand
Braille helps visually impaired people read, but there is a lot of printed material that is never converted to that writing system. Blind people also miss out on using mobile devices because obviously they can’t feel…

WiTrack Detects 3D Motion without Using Cameras or Controllers: Sight Unseen

WiTrack Detects 3D Motion without Using Cameras or Controllers: Sight Unseen
As shown by the Kinect, today’s cameras are powerful and cheap enough to provide accurate motion tracking. The same feat can be achieved by making the subject carry a motion sensor or a tracking device of…
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inFORM Dynamic Shape Display: Display See, Display Do

inFORM Dynamic Shape Display: Display See, Display Do
The touchscreen and app combo of today’s mobile devices makes one gadget act as many. Different apps display different interfaces, and the touchscreen lets you interact with those interfaces in a natural manner. But what if,…

MIT SkyCall Uses Drones as Tour Guides

MIT SkyCall Uses Drones as Tour Guides
Nowadays, we often hear about unmanned aerial vehicles aka UAVs or drones in the news as next generation weapons of war. The researchers at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab want to dispel that notion and show people…

MIT Researchers Can Tell How Fast Your Heart is Beating By Video Monitoring

MIT Researchers Can Tell How Fast Your Heart is Beating By Video Monitoring
Researchers at MIT are constantly finding ways to use technology to improve people’s lives. This particular one will probably be most useful to those who might need remote healthcare services one day. After doing extensive work…

Cardiio App Uses MIT Tech to Measure Your Heart Rate By Looking at Your Face

Cardiio App Uses MIT Tech to Measure Your Heart Rate By Looking at Your Face
I’ve got a heart rate monitor, but it’s tied to a strap that connects wirelessly to my Garmin 500 cycling computer. There are also numerous smartphone apps which can measure your pulse when you cover up…

MIT Student Constructs Mario Kart Racer, Cafeteria Runs out of Bananas

MIT Student Constructs Mario Kart Racer, Cafeteria Runs out of Bananas
Charles Guan, an MIT grad student, has created a working replica of the vehicles from Super Mario Kart. It is powered by four motors attached to the wheels and can reach speeds upwards of 26 mph.…

Swÿp: Cross Device Drag-and-Drop

Swÿp: Cross Device Drag-and-Drop
If you’ve seen The Avengers or the previous Iron Man movies, you’ve probably been wowed by the computer interface that Tony Stark and his colleagues use, where they send data to by physically sliding or swiping…

MIT Media Lab Makes OLED Display Cubes: No Cenobites in Sight (Yet)

MIT Media Lab Makes OLED Display Cubes: No Cenobites in Sight (Yet)
For some reason, whenever I see small, interesting cube-like devices, I think of the puzzle cube in Hellraiser, which is also knowns as a Lemarchand’s box. However unlike those, these ones developed by the MIT Media…

MIT Students Play Tetris on a Building

MIT Students Play Tetris on a Building
Remember way back when Tetris was first released? We had to play on small TVs. Eventually we were able to play on larger HDTVs, but it turned out that a 60″ flat screen still isn’t big…

MIT Camera Can See Around Corners with Frickin’ Lasers

MIT Camera Can See Around Corners with Frickin’ Lasers
If you take anything and tell me it uses laser beams, you have my attention. MIT has a very cool new camera that they’ve been working on it uses lasers to allow it to take photos…

MIT Charm School Teaches Social Skills, Street Smarts: Not Sure if This is the Hardest or Easiest Course for MIT Students

MIT Charm School Teaches Social Skills, Street Smarts: Not Sure if This is the Hardest or Easiest Course for MIT Students
MIT is famous for attracting and nurturing some of the brightest minds in the world. But you know what they say, nobody’s perfect. You may be able to code a social network, but find it hard…

Minecraft.Print(): From Virtual 3D to Actual 3D

Minecraft.Print(): From Virtual 3D to Actual 3D
It’s still not in it’s final form, but even if it evolves significantly I’m pretty sure that Minecraft will stick to it’s roots – it’s a basic CAD (Computer Aided Design) program. A CAD program with…

MIT Engineer Develops Glasses that Read Facial Expressions

MIT Engineer Develops Glasses that Read Facial Expressions
I have watched the show Lie to Me and I really like it. It’s cool that the character is supposed to be able to tell when someone is lying just by their facial expressions. I wish…

Iron Man Origami Defeats Whiplash with Paper Cuts

Iron Man Origami Defeats Whiplash with Paper Cuts
Brian Chan has made a few impressive origami, including an Iron Man mask and a sort of Iron Man action figure that’s completely made out of paper. Brian is an MIT staffer, but after having a…

Solar-Powered Lounge Chairs: You Chill While Your Gadgets Recharge

Solar-Powered Lounge Chairs: You Chill While Your Gadgets Recharge
Chilling in the yard while your gadgets are recharging sounds like a good way to spend the summer. That’s why I like these new chairs called SOFT Rockers. They have a 35-watt solar panel that charges…
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