banking and finance
internet of things
sports and fitness
Wearable and immersive systems for cognitive enhancement and personal growth
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
We explore an art form where machines take on an essential role in the aesthetics and processes of the creation. Our main theme can be su...
Interaction Design category
Novel technologies for additive manufacturing are enabling design and production at nature’s scale. We can seamlessly vary the physical p...
Rottlace is a family of masks designed for Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Inspired by Björk’s most recent album—Vulnicura—the Mediate...
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
State-of-the art liquid handling systems are generally pump-driven systems connected with valves and tubes. These systems are manually a...
The need for inexpensive 3D display technologies grows as augmented reality applications continue to increase in popularity. Funnel Visio...
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
“A few years ago, I was flipping through a fashion magazine and saw that Beyoncé had these cool metallic temporary tattoos."
Incredible documentaries, like Chasing Coral (2017) and Blue Planet (2001, 2017), tell the story of climate change and its impact on aqua...
Microbes are the foundation upon which life on Earth depends: they set the boundaries of habitability for all plants and animals and crea...
Cool things happen when you control water with a computer.
Throughout the ages bioluminescence has inspired myths. Long ago, sailors in the Indian Ocean encountered massive bioluminescent blooms a...
Designing for, with, and by nature
The first use-case for programmable droplets is a kind of automated painters' palette.
Space Exploration Initiative
Gravity is the anchor of all existences on earth, pulling the chaotic world to one single point in every moment of life. Even ...
Philadelphia Voices is the latest in the series of City Symphonies projects that Tod Machover and the Opera of the Future group have...
Suffering for art took on frigid new meaning for composer Tod Machover while creating his new symphony for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
How to distill meaning from complex everyday experiences.
Storytelling is a fundamental way in which human beings understand the world. Imagine watching a movie telling the story of your life, ho...
Scratch is a programming language and online community that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, games, and animations–a...
The Orbit Weaver Suit for zero gravity was designed by Media Lab Director's Fellow Andrea Lauer in collaboration with ...
The City Symphony project by the Opera of the Future group brings creative musical participation to everyone while encouraging collaborat...
The Platform Optically transparent and structurally sound, glass has played a significant role in the evolution of product and archi...
Nothing triggers memories like smell. Momentary, fleeting, and at times unexpected, one scent can conjure up the warmth of a grandparent...
Biomolecules to biopolitics: hormones with institutional biopower! Open Source Estrogen combines do-it-yourself science, body and gender ...
I am currently creating perfumes that capture the smell of individuals who have emotional significance to me. An exploration in the use ...
The reproductive organs of the female body have long been a site of contention, where opposing ideologies in religion, politics, and cult...
Designing systems that become experiences to transcend utility and usability
Anirudh Sharma was at a conference in India when he noticed black particles accumulating on his white shirt.
Creating sociotechnical systems that shape our urban environments
Glass II: 3D printing glass at the architectural scale.
Head of MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group teamed up with Björk to create 3D-printed wearables of the singer's face
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
We collaborated with NIAS (National Institute of Agricultural Science) to genetically engineer silkworms to develop new kinds of silk for...
The MIT Media Lab collaborated with London-based theater group Punchdrunk to create an online platform connected to their New York City p...
Fensadense is a new work for 10-piece ensemble composed by Tod Machover, commissioned for the Lucerne Festival in summer 2015. The projec...
Ever heard of 'remote and real world interconnected theatrical immersion'? Punchdrunk's Peter Higgin explains all
Come with me. I've got something to show you.
How we can understand human behavior (rationality, semi-rationality, bounded rationality, and just plain irrationality) in day-to-day behaviors, and in particular in electronic environments.
How to engineer and disseminate powerful, low-cost design and fabrication technologies at a grassroots level.
How to redefine and expand the conceptual framework and language of learning by creating new technologies and spheres of practice.
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
How to bring the programmability of the digital world to the physical world.