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How New 2D Materials Convert Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity

Our eyes are only attuned to a narrow band of possible wavelengths for electromagnetic radiation, between around 390-700 nanometers. If you could see the world in different wavelengths, you’d be aware that, in a built-up area, you’re illuminated even in the dark, constantly irradiated by infrared, microwaves, and radio waves. Some of this is ambient […]

MIT engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks

We know far less about the Earth’s oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to navigate. But what if the reward…

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MIT robot combines vision and touch to learn the game of Jenga

In the basement of MIT’s Building 3, a robot is carefully contemplating its next move. It gently pokes at a tower of blocks, looking for the best block to extract without toppling the tower, in a solitary, slow-moving, yet surprisingly agile game of Jenga. The robot, developed by MIT engineers, is equipped with a soft-pronged…

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Making Superhumans Through Radical Inclusion and Cognitive Ergonomics

Imagine trying to read War and Peace one letter at a time. The thought alone feels excruciating. But in many ways, this painful idea holds parallels to how human-machine interfaces (HMI) force us to interact with and process data today. Designed back in the 1970s at Xerox PARC and later refined during the 1980s by […]

Helping computers perceive human emotions

Personalized machine-learning models capture subtle variations in facial expressions to better gauge how we feel. MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a machine-learning model that takes computers a step closer to interpreting our emotions as naturally as humans do. In the growing field of “affective computing,” robots and computers are being developed to analyze facial…

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Personalized deep learning improves robots for autism therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them – distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use kid-friendly robots for autism therapy to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them…

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Navion computer chip makes nanodrones smarter

Researchers at MIT, who in 2017 designed a tiny computer chip called “Navion” to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk the chip design even further, both in size and power consumption. Navion is just 20 square millimeters in size and consumes just 24 milliwatts of power. However, the Navion chip is still able to process in real-time…

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Controlling robots with brainwaves, hand gestures

A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) allows users to control robots using hand gestures and brainwaves. The researchers say this allows users to instantly correct a robot’s mistakes with nothing more than brain signals and the flick of a finger. Building off the team’s past work…

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ROBO Global advisory board adds MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus

ROBO Global, creator of the first benchmark index tracking the global robotics and automation market, has expanded the strength and expertise of its advisory board with the addition of Daniela Rus, Ph.D., Professor and Director of MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), one of the largest AI departments in the US. In addition to 30…

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MIT algorithm keeps data fresh for wireless networks

For wireless networks that share time-sensitive information on the fly, it’s not enough to transmit data quickly. That data also need to be fresh. Consider the many sensors in your car. While it may take less than a second for most sensors to transmit a data packet to a central processor, the age of that…

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