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Teleoperating Robots with Virtual Reality

Certain industries have traditionally not had the luxury of telecommuting. Many manufacturing jobs, for example, require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could...
smartphone camerasvideo

An Algorithm for Your Blind Spot

Light lets us see the things that surround us, but what if we could also use it to see things hidden around corners? It sounds...
robotvideo

Scientists Develop Shape-Shifting ‘Superhero’ Robot

Researchers have created a miniature ‘superhero’ robot capable of transforming itself with different ‘outfits’ to perform a variety of tasks. Inspired by origami, scientists from...
Shape-shifting devicevideo

“Superhero” Robot Wears Different Outfits for Different Tasks

From butterflies that sprout wings to hermit crabs that switch their shells, many animals must adapt their exterior features in order to survive. While...
transplant code

Automatic Code Reuse

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that allows programmers to transplant code from one program...
printable structuresvideo

“Peel-and-Go” Printable Structures Fold Themselves

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...
robot

Robot Learns to Follow Orders like Alexa

Despite what you might see in movies, today’s robots are still very limited in what they can do. They can be great for many...
flash memory

Making Data Centers More Energy Efficient

Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most sites also maintain so-called cache servers, which list the...
machine learning

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Doctors are often deluged by signals from charts, test results, and other metrics to keep track of. It can be difficult to integrate and...
3D printingvideo

Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects

Today’s 3-D printers have a resolution of 600 dots per inch, which means that they could pack a billion tiny cubes of different materials...
computer-aided designvideo

Reshaping Computer-aided Design

Almost every object we use is developed with computer-aided design (CAD). Ironically, while CAD programs are good for creating designs, using them is actually...
Artificial Intelligencevideo

Artificial Intelligence Suggests Recipes Based on Food Photos

There are few things social media users love more than flooding their feeds with photos of food. Yet we seldom use these images for...
3D moviesvideo

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, sans Glasses

While 3-D movies continue to be popular in theaters, they haven’t made the leap to our homes just yet — and the reason rests...
neural networks

Peering into Neural Networks

Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing large sets of training data, are responsible for today’s best-performing artificial intelligence systems, from...
dronesvideo

Drones that Drive

Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature — many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we...
video

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the visually impaired, but it’s been difficult to come up with...
dronesvideo

Cinematography on the Fly

In recent years, a host of Hollywood blockbusters — including “The Fast and the Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”...
robotsvideo

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it,...
walking speedvideo

Detecting Walking Speed with Wireless Signals

We’ve long known that blood pressure, breathing, body temperature and pulse provide an important window into the complexities of human health. But a growing...
bandwidth

Faster Page Loads

A webpage today is often the sum of many different components. A user’s home page on a social-networking site, for instance, might display the...