banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
natural language processing
sports and fitness
point of care
Space Exploration Initiative
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Ancient textiles have played a major role in the social, economic, and religious structures of communities around the world. Iconic, indi...
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gra...
In September 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers, and healthcare practitioners gathered at the MIT Media Lab for the "Make the Breast...
By Rachel Bellisle
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both ref...
Spanning from the early Musical Telegraph and Electronic Sackbut, to the late EMS Synthi AKS and Moog Synthesizers, electronic music and ...
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
This project seeks to examine the effects of altered gravity on an individual’s physiology during parabolic flight. Specifically, we will...
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of th...
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratiza...
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
In this work, we have developed a textile-based interactive surface fabricated through machine knitting technology. Our prototype e...
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific ta...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Spinoff E Ink’s Edzer Huitema + Ian French describe the technical challenges of creating full-color e-paper displays suitable for consumers.
Enhancing human physical capability
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Spacecraft wrapped in sensor-rich electronic textiles could double as scientific instruments
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a th...
Pressure-sensitive, knitted electronic textile carpet generates 3D sensor data based on body gestures, drives an immersive sonic environment
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
Gravity Proof is a performance and mission to prepare and cook bread in space. Inspired by ancient recipes and archaeological bread ...
MetaSense: Integrating Sensing Capabilities into Mechanical Metamaterial. J. Gong*, O. Seow*, C. Honnet*, J. Forman,...
Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
Ever wish you could toss your folded up tent and have it self-assemble mid-air? Well...you can. In a zero gravity environment.Self ...
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food ...
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surv...
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Ante...
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propell...
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar ...
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activitie...
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial...
The rapid advancement of electronic devices and fabrication technologies has further promoted the field of wearables and smart textiles. ...
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
Its potential here on Earth has much more widespread benefit potential, particularly in the era of COVID-19.
Clothing that monitors vital signs could be made possible with electronic sensors that have been embedded into stretchy fabrics.
Human-computer interaction (HCI) has traditionally focused on designing and investigating interfaces that provide explicit visual, audito...
Regular disinfection of hands and frequently touched surfaces is a critical factor in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and di...
We envision that a close-to-nose interface could be used as a complementary or alternative wearable method to nasal cannulas or mask...
Doze is an IoT enabled platform for personalized scent diffusion and on-skin drug delivery. Leveraging a hydrogel technology, the Doze sy...
Climate change and the domino effect it creates will require coordination at scales we haven’t seen and new forms of organization to addr...
The full text of our paper is available here.Sometimes the thing that we want to see is hidden behind something else. A neighboring vehi...
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Living Bits : Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Living Microorganisms in Human-Computer InteractionThere are trillions of livi...
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
The relationship between news content and its presentation has been a long-studied problem in the communications domain. Often, chan...