Hugh Herr at TED 2014: Defeating Disability with Bionics

Hugh Herr, head of the Lab's Biomechatronics research group, spoke at TED 2014 on March 19 about his group's work in creating bionic prosthetic limbs, and their goal to eliminate human disability through technology. To conclude his talk, he spoke about working with Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer who lost part of her leg in the attack. The group has spent the past 200 days developing a new prosthetic limb for Adrianne that would allow her to dance again. At the end of the talk, Adrianne took to the stage with a partner and danced a rumba on her new leg—her first onstage performance since the attack.

Press coverage includes:

The Boston Globe
TED Blog
Q&A with Hugh Herr and TED
BBC News
The Globe and Mail
Boston Herald

Image Credit: 
James Duncan Davidson

Death and the Powers at The Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera presents a new production of Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, February 12-16. The matinee performance on 2/16 will be simulcast to ten locations across the United States and Europe, including New York, San Francisco, London, and the Media Lab. In addition to viewing the live, hi-def broadcast of the production, the Powers Live mobile application, developed in the Opera of the Future group, allows viewers to virtually experience video, audio, and graphical content sync with the performance. By interacting with the app, viewers can also influence the live show in Dallas.

Press coverage includes:

Arts and Culture Texas, 2/4/14

The Dallas News, 2/8/14

PBS News Hour, 2/10/14

Front Row blog, D Magazine, 2/11/14

inFORM: An Interactive Dynamic Shape Display that Physically Renders 3D Content

Daniel Leithinger, Sean Follmer, Alex Olwal, Akimitsu Hogge, Hiroshi Ishii

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. Learn more and watch video of inFORM in action on the Tangible Media research group website:

Press coverage includes:

inFORM project
Image Credit: 
Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab