System for seeing around corners could improve self-driving cars and search-and-rescue

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers have developed a new system named as “CornerCameras”, to detect objects or people in a hidden scene and measure their speed and trajectory — all in real-time. The CSAIL team’s imaging system, which can work with smartphone cameras, uses information about light reflections to detect objects … Continue reading “System for seeing around corners could improve self-driving cars and search-and-rescue”

“Superhero” robot wears different outfits for different tasks

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are aiming to change that with a new shape-shifting robot that’s something of a superhero: It can transform itself with different “outfits” that allow it to perform different tasks. Dubbed “Primer,” the cube-shaped robot can be controlled via magnets to make it walk, roll, sail, … Continue reading ““Superhero” robot wears different outfits for different tasks”

MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics

MIT researchers have designed 3-D printed structures that can fold themselves up without any outside stimulus, and the folding begins the instant it is peeled off the printing platform. As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when … Continue reading “MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics”

Robotic system monitors specific neurons

Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal a great deal of information about that neuron’s function and how it coordinates with other cells in the brain. However, performing this kind of recording is extremely difficult, so only a handful of neuroscience labs around the world do it. To make … Continue reading “Robotic system monitors specific neurons”

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct

Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow certain social codes when navigating a hallway or a crowded thoroughfare: Keep to the right, pass on the left, maintain a respectable berth, and be ready to weave or change course to avoid oncoming obstacles while keeping up a steady walking pace. Now … Continue reading “New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct”