PC and smartphone users tend to have a love-hate relationship with wireless networks. It’s great to have Wi-Fi Internet at home, at the office, and in public places, but you still have to deal with passwords and spotty coverage. One of these headaches may soon be a thing of the past, however: The brains at MIT have now figured out how to remove password requirements from a Wi-Fi network without compromising its security. More →
While some scientists from MIT are busy reinventing intersections and looking at ways to completely remove traffic lights, others are studying ways to create better batteries for future devices. One of the theories currently being tested with plenty of success is using regular sugar to power a battery that would be as efficient as current “old school” batteries. However, don’t expect to recharge your iPhone with sugar anytime soon.
In addition to increasing safety on the road, self-driving cars might help us achieve something else: speed up daily commutes by removing the need for stoplights. Rather than having humans obey the red, yellow and green lights, a central “nervous system” connecting all intersections with incoming autonomous cars would be able to easily direct traffic without worrying about accidents.
It might sound like a futuristic dream that won’t be here for a few more years, but researchers from MIT have conceived a plan to eliminate all traffic lights without the need for self-driving cars. More →
When it comes to the Internet, we’re all incredibly impatient. It doesn’t matter that we had to wait several minutes for a single web page to load a decade and a half ago. If we can’t pull up an article in an instant in 2016, it’s a disaster. Google has even begun to take load speed into account when it comes to website rankings.
Remember in the Matrix movies how humanity in the future was reduced to serving as the batteries for powerful and intelligent machines? Well, some researchers at MIT are working on technology that’s seemingly similar, although it doesn’t mean we’re doomed to a dystopian future of being trapped in pods that feed off our life forces. Instead, these researchers have figured out a way to convert the mechanical energy that we create when walking into electrical energy that can be used to charge electronic devices. In other words, as long as you’re physically on the move somewhere, your battery could recharge itself in perpetuity. More →
Here’s a clever technological breakthrough that could help the environment in two ways. MIT announced this week that some of its researchers have figured out a way to make solar cells using parts from discarded car batteries that would otherwise have simply gone to waste. Essentially, the researchers have figured out how to extract lead from old car batteries and use it as a component in solar cells that they say are just as efficient as solar cells produced with “high-purity, commercially available starting materials.” More →
Given recent news that popular online anonymity tool Tor might not be as completely secure as many of us had assumed, we were intrigued to see that some researchers at MIT are now claiming that they’ve created a way to send completely “untraceable” text messages. A team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a text messaging system that they say “provides a strong mathematical guarantee of user anonymity, while, according to experimental results, permitting the exchange of text messages once a minute or so.” More →
Over the past several years, the touchscreen interface has increasingly become one of the most common ways that we interact with our electronic devices.
Our smartphones have touchscreens, our computers have touchscreens and even some of our remote controls have touchscreens — but MIT’s latest invention could change the way that we think about touching our devices. More →
Leave it to the brilliant minds at MIT to come up with a device so technologically advanced that you’re not quite sure if you should be excited or perhaps a little bit nervous about its long-term ramifications.
Recently, scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory came up with a device that can effectively see through walls and identify which persons are standing behind it.
The future is here, and apparently it’s being created in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The stuff that’s going on in the robotics world these days is absolutely mind blowing. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible work being done by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google), what with their impressive fleet of robotic creations that can walk upright like humans, do pushups, and even reach speeds as fast as 28.3 miles per hour in a full on sprint. And, of course, there’s Asimo, the robot from Honda that becomes more human-like with each passing year.
Sometimes, though, the advancements we see in robotics can be a little bit alarming. Case in point: take a look at the following video from the MIT Mechanical Engineering Biomimetic Robotics Lab.
Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot cheetah that can run at speeds topping 28 mph on a treadmill indoors, and which now belongs to Google? Well, that’s not the only robot cheetah in town, as MIT also has developed a similar robot, MIT News reports. And as seen in an awesome new video, this crazy robotic cheetah can now run around outside without being tethered. More →
Being able to extract audio from a soundless visual recording is something that intelligence agencies will likely one day use – if they don’t already do it – for their operations. Researchers from MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have managed to create an algorithm that can reconstruct audio “by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video,” like bags of chips found in the same room with a target, as well as other objects including aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and the leaves of a plant. More →
Living in the desert no longer has to mean being parched for drinking water. MIT has posted a video this month that shows how some researchers from its School of Engineering are working with researchers at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago to design a system for collecting fresh drinking water from fog that regularly rolls through Chile’s otherwise arid coastal region. More →