banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Public libraries are one of most trusted public institutions in the U.S. and increasingly provide a broad range of education services, ra...
Orbiting is a cooperation between artist Thom Kubli and Prof. Hiroshi Ishii, featuring the Tangible Media Group. It is a novel approach t...
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
When contemplating the future of life in space, we dream not only of rockets and off-world societies, but also of art, of leisure, and fr...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB rel...
We study textiles and nets as a base form for growing infrastructure and allowing reconfigurable sensing on low gravity bodies (for insta...
The Passive Seismic Experiment was the first seismometer placed on the Moon’s surface. It detected lunar "moonquakes" and provided inform...
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratiza...
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagi...
The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. Simultane...
Maggie Coblentz leads research and design on interplanetary gastronomy at the Space Exploration Initiative, where she is developing ...
Maggie Coblentz is developing “The Interplanetary Cookbook”—a collection of speculative recipes, tools for eating, and sensory experience...
The Wanderers were unveiled as part of the exhibition: ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D Printing' on display ...
How can we design relationships between the most primitive and the most sophisticated life forms? Can we design wearables embedded with ...
What are radically sustainable methods for knitting, making and building in the age of the Anthropocene? How can humankind and members of...
Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried...
A major concern for manned missions is space radiation. Ionizing radiation is known to pose both acute and chronic risks to many organism...
Fermentation in Space: From the Microbiome to the Envirome This research highlights the many opportunities to bring our rich culture...
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
A molecular gastronomy experiment was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019, using spherification techniques to create recipes in...
Space/Craft explores sculpting in zero gravity. Making artistic works by hand is a fundamentally human act, but how will it transfor...
The Orbit Weaver Suit for zero gravity was designed by Media Lab Director's Fellow Andrea Lauer in collaboration with ...
In 2015, the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, introduced the concept of the “Moon Village.” Inspired by t...
The Lut Desert of Iran is one of the most similar regions to Mars. Close to that area, there are vernacular adobe architectures that are ...
Lab on Body, Synthetic Biology, and Bio-Digital Systems for Health and Human Enhancement
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and durin...
For decades, the International Space Station (ISS) has operated as a bastion of international cooperation and a unique testbed for microg...
Maiden Flight is an autonomous biological laboratory environment designed for studying the impact of space flight on the sole reproductiv...
This project asks, how can we transmit experiences across space and time? The launching point of the project is to create a drawing that ...
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break t...
Structurally, zero gravity means that we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity. This opens up a new w...
Gravity anchors all existence on Earth.It pulls a chaotic world to one single point in every moment of life. Even though gravity is every...
This project seeks to examine the effects of altered gravity on an individual’s physiology during parabolic flight. Specifically, we will...
The Scratch Team invited young people from around the world to create Scratch projects designed specifically to be played in zero gr...
The widespread synthesis of common organic building blocks in space could have biased life beyond Earth towards chemical similarities to ...
Each new technology forces us to confront who we are as humans. As technological innovations in deep space exploration keep advanci...
Expansion microscopy (ExM) is a new imaging modality developed by MIT Media Lab's Synthetic Neurobiology group. ExM allows biomolecules t...
The brain uses space to index, organize, and retrieve memories. However, our sense of space depends on our perception of gravity. We...