Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in the presentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.
"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."
As fuel costs make up the the by-far largest operating costs for airlines, NASA asked MIT to design a a slimmed down and more fuel-efficient version of the classic passenger jet. A few years later, the “Double Bubble” was born.
With its wide fuselage (the main body), rear-mounted engines, reduced wingspan and an upturned nose, the 180-seat aircraft would burn 70% less fuel than a standard Boeing 737, while also producing less pollution and noise.
"A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states."
MIT researchers are trying to change the paradigm of your typical robot by mimicking organic substances. The idea is that the robot should be soft to conform to a particular environment, and interact with humans, though rigid enough to actually do a procedure. They can achieve this by applying heat at particular points to deform the object, then applying coolness to make the object rigid again.
"Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical robots that could move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way."
The last gif is a example of bendable articulation. :D
"MIT engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hairlike structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field."
They can essentially control the direction of a water droplet, against gravity, using friction and in the last gif, controlling the direction such that it can for instance, block light on a window pane.
The ramifications for a realistic replacement skin is also possible,.
Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) are robotic limbs that, when worn, give you more limbs than you’d normally have. In other words, they’re not robotic limbs designed to replace biological limbs that you might be missing, but rather robotic limbs designed to augment the number of limbs that you have already.
Dreams of Plastic: Monsanto House of the Future at Disneyland
Sponsored by the now notorious Monsanto Company, the “House of the Future” embraced a vision of suburban living where plastic reigned. Indeed, everything from the building shell and flooring to the sinks and dishes were made from plastic. Featured at the Disneyland in Anaheim, California from 1957 to 1967, the model home was designed and engineered jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering. The retro-futuristic curved structure was made of fiberglass modular components that were assembled on-site. Visitors were offered a tour of the home, where they could experience what the world would be like in the future—1986, to be exact. Though Monsanto overestimated our reliance on plastic, the design anticipated our use of plastic tableware and easy-to-clean flooring, along with household appliances like microwave ovens. The house saw over 435,000 visitors within the first six weeks of opening, and ultimately saw over 20 million visitors before being closed. Notably, the building was so sturdy that demolition crews failed to destroy the house using wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws and jackhammers. It was ultimately demolished by using choker chains to crush it into smaller parts, though the reinforced polyester structure was so strong that the half-inch steel bolts used to mount it to its foundation broke before the structure itself did. Despite it short existence for just ten years, the Monsanto House of the Future left a strong cultural legacy, influencing popular perceptions of value, lifestyle, and consumption.
“Schools train you to be ignorant with style […] they prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you’re just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you’re going to be alright […] So I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming up.” ― Frank Zappa
Programmer, hardware engineer and attorney Mary Allen Wilkes, pictured here programming a LINC computer at her parents’ Baltimore residence.
While Wilkes spent a brief four years at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, her contributions were immense: she played an instrumental role in the creation of LINC, the first viable small computer and progenitor of DEC’s PDP-8 line, programmed its operating system (the LINC Assembly Program or LAP) and developed the assembler-linker model used by modern compilers. In 1965, she designed and built a computer at home and is subsequently cited as the first owner of a “personal computer” by some computer history experts.
Have you ever wondered if five fingers is really enough? The folks at MIT have. Researchers in the institute’s department of mechanical engineering have created a robotic glove that adds two additional digits to the standard human claw, positioning two long fingers on either side of the hand. It’s ridiculously easy to use, too. “You do not need to command the robot, but simply move your fingers naturally.” Ford Professor of Engineering Harry Asada says. “Then the robotic fingers react and assist your fingers.” The glove’s movements are based on biomechanical synergy, the idea that each finger reacts to the movements of its peers - if you try to grasp a bottle, the glove’s extra fingers will try to help.