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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 Lab allow you to visualize something on each of the six screens, one on each side, not open a door to Hell!

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 enough for some people.

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 of what’s going on around the corner.

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 to talk to people in real life.

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 monsters.

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 I could do that sometimes, it would make life much easier.

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 look at the plans he’s got on his website, it makes me wonder if you need a degree from MIT to be able to duplicate these.

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 a built-in battery which will juice up your gadgets.

Junkyard Jumbotron Turns Random Displays into One Big Screen

Junkyard Jumbotron Turns Random Displays into One Big Screen
It’s not like I haven’t seen matrix displays before, but this is definitely a unique spin on the concept. Developed by Rick Borovoy, Ph. D. and Brian Knep of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, Junkyard Jumbotron lets you combine a number of internet-connected screens together to create one big matrixed image.

M1 Mobile Manipulator Robot: The Real Johnny 5

M1 Mobile Manipulator Robot: The Real Johnny 5
The M1 Mobile Manipulator robot is made by Meka Robotics, a San Francisco company which got started by MIT roboticists. The robot plans to be worth more than the sum of its parts and it slightly reminds me of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit.

Kinect Minority Report Hack: Fingers Detected!

Kinect Minority Report Hack: Fingers Detected!
Engineers from MIT CSAIL have figured out out how to get the Xbox 360 Kinect to not just sense larger body movements, but to actually detect individual fingertips in mid-air.

Proverbial Wallet Gets Harder to Open as You Run Out of Green

Proverbial Wallet Gets Harder to Open as You Run Out of Green
I found out the hard way in college that you could use your debit card to get money even if you are out of cash. Most banks will let you go over what you have in the account in an effort to “help you” and gather overdraft fees at the same time.

Hackers + Mit + the Tardis: the Doctor is in!

Hackers + Mit + the Tardis: the Doctor is in!
A bunch of hackers and pranksters managed to plant a TARDIS on the top of Building 7 at MIT. Now that’s a great prank, if I’ve ever seen one! I like how unobtrusive this hack is.

Mit’S Mebot is Telepresence at Its Best?

Mit’S Mebot is Telepresence at Its Best?
Telepresence is going to be huge someday. It looks like MIT’s MeBot is the latest in telepresence robotics, which allows you to feel more like the person you are talking to is in the same room as you – assuming the person on the other end of the line looks like a robot.

The Copenhagen Wheel, Making Your Biking Trip Smarter and Easier

The Copenhagen Wheel, Making Your Biking Trip Smarter and Easier
This week, MIT unveiled the Copenhagen Wheel at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change in Denmark. The wheel works with the power of you – every time you brake while biking, it charges the wheel’s internal battery for use later on your trip.

Clearview: One Software to Fix Them All

Clearview: One Software to Fix Them All
Ah, software problems. We’ve all experienced them in varying degrees – sometimes it’s just a stupid online video that won’t load, and sometimes the operating system itself gives up. Now imagine a future where programs can still be compromised, or attacked, but will no longer crash or hang.