WiFi Routers

MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster

August 23rd at 8:15 PM

MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster

We’ve all been there: You find yourself at a massive public event, whether it be a concert, a sporting event or a political rally and your reception is atrocious. In an instant, your smartphone with blazing fast LTE all of a sudden feels like it’s a flip phone on Edge circa 2006. In an effort to combat this, many places have started implementing complimentary Wi-Fi so that attendees can text and browse the web with ease. That’s great and all, but sometimes even an abundance of wireless routers can’t help prevent congestion and painfully slow browsing speeds.

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Harvard MIT RoboBee Perching

This robotic bee uses static electricity to stick to surfaces

May 20th at 6:50 PM

This robotic bee uses static electricity to stick to surfaces

Remember the MIT’s RoboBee? The initiative kicked off a couple of years ago, aiming to fix a major problem that we currently have: the bee population is slowly dying, and without bees, we’re pretty much doomed. Last fall we learned that researchers from Harvard created an insect-size robot that can both fly and swim. And now we hear that MIT and Harvard researchers have partnered up to create a RoboBee that can perch. More →

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MIT Wi-Fi Security Passwords Location

MIT figured out how to secure Wi-Fi without passwords

April 1st at 4:45 PM

MIT figured out how to secure Wi-Fi without passwords

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 →

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MIT Sugar Battery iPhone

iPhones of the future might be powered by sugar

March 19th at 11:05 AM

iPhones of the future might be powered by sugar

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.

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MIT Smart Intersection Traffic Lights

MIT thinks it can create a world without traffic lights

March 18th at 9:50 PM

MIT thinks it can create a world without traffic lights

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 →

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Polaris Faster Web Page Loading

New tech from MIT could make all web pages load 34% faster

March 9th at 10:30 PM

New tech from MIT could make all web pages load 34% faster

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.

In other words, speed is important, which is why the latest development from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Harvard is especially exciting.

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MIT Self-Charging Battery Research

New technology offers the promise of never-ending smartphone batteries

January 6th at 11:30 PM

New technology offers the promise of never-ending smartphone batteries

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 →

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MIT Solar Cells Made From Used Car Batteries

MIT researchers have figured out how to make solar cells with old car batteries

December 24th at 7:30 AM

MIT researchers have figured out how to make solar cells with old car batteries

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 →

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MIT Untraceable SMS Text Messaging

MIT researchers create ‘untraceable’ text messaging that’s even more secure than Tor

December 11th at 7:34 PM

MIT researchers create ‘untraceable’ text messaging that’s even more secure than Tor

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 →

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MIT LineFORM Shape Changing Interface

MIT built a snake-like robot that can morph into a phone and a smartwatch

November 9th at 4:48 PM

MIT built a snake-like robot that can morph into a phone and a smartwatch

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 →

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MIT Device Sees Through Walls

MIT scientists can see through walls and identify people with new wireless device

October 28th at 1:35 PM

MIT scientists can see through walls and identify people with new wireless device

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.

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Robot Cheetah Video

Video: MIT’s robotic cheetah is the scariest thing you’ll see all day

June 4th at 5:05 PM

Video: MIT’s robotic cheetah is the scariest thing you’ll see all day

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.

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MIT Robot Cheetah Running

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

September 16th at 10:45 PM

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

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 →

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