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Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Under Dr. Wood's leadership, the program will move forward with the NASA Astrobee robotic system as its new in-space robotic platform.
The center is funded by a $24 million gift to MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research from philanthropist Lisa Yang.
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Space Exploration Initiative
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle ...
Looking beyond smart cities
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Three-dimensional Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC) is a non-contact optical-numerical technique for evaluating the dynamic mechani...
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
Mechanical, electrical, and dynamic control systems recreate biological behavior with synthetic hardware.
Nerve-Muscle Graft Chamber and micro-channel arrays tor interface to peripheral nerves for prosthesis control. This research effort ...
Optogenetic techniques have recently been applied to peripheral nerves as a scientific tool with the translatable go...
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
Although there have been great advances in the control of lower extremity prostheses, transitioning between terrains such as ramps or sta...
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
Read about the first upper-limb amputation performed using the AMI procedure created by Media Lab researchers + Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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...
A whole new mode of communication between prosthesis and user.
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Death and the Powers is a groundbreaking opera that brings a variety of technological, conceptual, and aesthetic innovations to the ...
City Science researcher Andres Rico reflects on his time participating in this past year's "How To Grow (Almost) Anything" (HTGAA) class.
A proof of concept demonstration for a voxel-based reconfigurable space structure based on electromagnetically actuated picosatellites. I...
By Ozgun Kilic Afsar, Ali Shtarbanov, Hila Mor, Ken Nakagaki, Jack Forman, Karen Modrei, Dr. Seung Hee Jeong, P...
Designing systems for cognitive support
A recent feature in Designboom highlights research conducted by the Biomechatronics group that describes magnetomicrometry.
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Anyone who is age 60+, speaks English, lives in the US, and has access to Wi-Fi is eligible.
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ...
C. R. Taylor, S. S. Srinivasan, S. H. Yeon, M. K. O'Donnell, T. J. Roberts, H. M. Herr, Magnetomicrometry, Sci.Robot. 6, eabg0656 (2021), DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.abg0656
Amputation, muscle weakness, and nerve damage can make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks. In this project, we are developing a ...
System uses tiny magnetic beads to rapidly measure the position of muscles and relay that information to a bionic prosthesis.
We plan to use magnetomicrometry to provide natural control over prosthetic limbs
C. Taylor, Magnetomicrometry : Tissue length tracking via implanted magnetic beads (2020). https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/130210
As space agencies prepare for a new era of space exploration, and long duration missions to the Moon or Mars, they’ll need to address the...
Audio-visual data set containing around 21.6 hours of parent-child interaction during story reading.The DAMI-P2C dataset consists of audi...
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
E. C. Ferrer, T. Hardjono, A. S. Pentland, M. Dorigo, Secure and secret cooperation in robot swarms. Sci. Robot. 6, eabf1538 (2021).
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for budd...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Enhancing human physical capability
Tangible Swarm is a tool that displays relevant information about a robotics system (e.g., multi-robot, swarm, etc.) in real time wh...
Swarms of robots will revolutionize many applications, from targeted material delivery to farming. However, the characteristics that make...
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in...
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...
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 ...
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gra...
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 Rachel BellisleThe Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronauts that has ...
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
The WSJ covers research from the Signal Kinetics group and other labs, universities, and companies working on AI-enabled devices.
A significant number of college students suffer from mental health issues that impact their physical, social, and occu...
Designing for, with, and by nature
Increasingly, devices designed with artificial intelligence (AI), such as robots or smart speakers, are entering people’s homes, workspac...
By Ken Nakagaki, Joanne Leong, Jordan L Tappa, Joao Wilbert, and Hiroshi IshiiOverviewProject HERMITS explores a way to greatly...
This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
The Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) has recently released its latest creative learning activity: Inflatables!
Therms-Up! is a DIY method of creating inflatables and prototyping interactive materials from wasted thermoplastic bags that easily found...