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LabCAST

MIT Media Lab

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At the Media Lab, the future is lived, not imagined. In a world where radical technology advances are taken for granted, we design technology for people to create a better future. LabCAST is the video podcast of the MIT Media Lab. Learn about the Lab...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 14th, 2016

Spatial resolution, spectral contrast, and occlusion are three major bottlenecks in current imaging technologies for non-invasive inspection of complex samples such as closed books. We empower the time-of-flight capabilities of conventional THz time ...Show More
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0:00 | Aug 17th, 2016

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate thr...Show More
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0:00 | Apr 29th, 2016

Holosuite is an interactive end-to-end 3D telepresence application built for researching the applications of holographic and advanced 3D displays. Two distant 3D worlds are merged seamlessly into one, wherein a local user and a remote user can manipu...Show More
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0:00 | Apr 8th, 2016

Are the things we’re inventing for the future taking into account our deepest human needs? The Advancing Wellbeing initiative explores not only health, but the culture of health: our physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Advancing Wellbeing rese...Show More
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0:00 | Mar 7th, 2016

Live Objects are wireless devices that enrich a user’s experience of the surrounding environment. Live Objects are associated with real objects, and can stream media content without an Internet connection.
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0:00 | Feb 21st, 2016

From January 25-29, 2016, the MIT Media Lab invited 11 Brazilian educators, researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs to attend the first Lemann Creative Learning Institute. For a week, the team worked with Media Lab faculty and students to design new ...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 26th, 2016

Reality Editor is a new kind of tool that empowers users to connect and manipulate the functionality of physical objects. With Reality Editor, the invisible capabilities of objects become visible–and editable. Drag a virtual line from one object to a...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 28th, 2015

In an era where bio is the new interface, we are imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than manufactured, and derived from nature as opposed to engineered in factories. bioLogic is a synthetic bio-skin that reacts to body ...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 6th, 2015

How can we design relationships between the most primitive and sophisticated life forms? Can we design wearables embedded with synthetic microorganisms that can enhance and augment biological functionality? Meet Mushtari, a 3D-printed wearable design...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 3rd, 2015

Whether or not we’re experts in the design language of objects, we have an unconscious understanding of the emotional character of their forms. EmotiveModeler integrates knowledge about our emotive perception of shapes into a CAD tool that uses descr...Show More
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0:00 | Apr 15th, 2015

An overview of the MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows Program, a unique program that connects the research from the Lab with communities and causes all over the world. This video was produced for the 2015 Spring Member Meeting.
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0:00 | Feb 19th, 2015

eyeMITRA allows anyone to easily and non-invasively explore the back of the eye, opening possibilities for new assessments of eye health and for exploration of systemic illnesses that manifest in the eye. This work is built upon the Camera Culture gr...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 7th, 2014

TRANSFORM fuses technology and design to celebrate its transformation from a piece of still furniture to a dynamic machine driven by a stream of data and energy.
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0:00 | May 13th, 2014

The CityHome is an ultra-efficient, responsive urban home, providing a hardware and software ecosystem for personal space customization. A micro-unit apartment developed by Kent Larson’s Changing Places Research Group.
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0:00 | Mar 18th, 2014

ScratchJr is a new version of the Scratch programming language designed for children ages five to seven. Using ScratchJr, kids can build their own animated stories, interactive games, collages, and other creative projects. ScratchJr teaches kids a ne...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 31st, 2013

What if we could train a robot the way we train a pet? With the TAMER project, a technically unskilled user can teach a robot tasks and correct its behavior, improving the robot’s task performance through live interaction. This research on interactiv...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 22nd, 2013

Contemporary 3D printing and traditional craft rarely meet in the same creation. The Hybrid Basketry project merges these two distinct traditions: 3D-printed structures are shaped to combine with hand‐woven patterns. The 3D-printed plastic elements c...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 14th, 2013

MACH, My Automated Conversation coacH, is a system for people to practice social interactions in face-to-face scenarios. MACH consists of a 3D character that can see, hear, and make its own decisions in real time.
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0:00 | May 1st, 2013

WaaZam is a creative telepresence system that allows people to be together in the same window during a networked video session. The goal of the project is to support shared experiences at a distance in an environment that is designed by the participa...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 20th, 2012

Need a favor? Reach is a project that merges inherently local communications with user requests or offers of services. It is built atop data from services users already use, like Facebook and Google Latitude, and provides a new way to call upon servi...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 20th, 2012

Infinity-by-Nine makes viewing ordinary video more immersive. This system projects extensions to the screen, taking advantage of the reduced sensitivity to detail in our peripheral vision. It creates a richer experience for viewers.
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0:00 | Jun 6th, 2012

Ever played piano on bananas? With Makey Makey and an alligator clip, you can connect the internet to just about anything. Start inventing the future!
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0:00 | May 22nd, 2012

Mood Meter is an interactive installation that encourages, recognizes, and monitors the smiles of a community, providing an indicator of emotional responses to certain events.
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0:00 | May 7th, 2012

What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation.
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0:00 | Mar 20th, 2012

Out of (Line of) Sight, But Not Out of View. The Camera Culture group at the Media Lab has created CORNAR: Looking around Corners with Femtophotography. With CORNAR, femtosecond imaging technology provides a way to see things beyond the line of sight...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 5th, 2012

NewsFlash uses a unique screen-to-phone data exchange to provide an interactive way to experience current events through dynamic interaction with the front pages of a variety of newspapers. The interaction is local to the phone, supporting many simul...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 4th, 2011

Mediated Matter research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication in order to enhance the relation between natural and man-made environments. The group seeks to establish new forms of design, and novel p...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 25th, 2011

Boxie is a mobile interactive robotic camera built with the goal of actively capturing stories about its environment and the people within it.
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0:00 | Sep 2nd, 2011

LightBridge is a 10,000 pixel dynamic display created for the FAST Festival of Art, Science and Technology in celebration of MIT’s 150th anniversary. Sensors in the display respond to the movement of pedestrians on the bridge and ambient data such as...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 1st, 2011

Part of a suite of portable projects for eyecare, CATRA is a new way to detect and quantify cataracts. CATRA is a compact eyepiece attached to a cell phone; it has no moving parts and is built from off-the-shelf components, making it well suited for ...Show More
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0:00 | May 23rd, 2011

A chain reaction between the arts and the sciences, MIT’s Festival of Art, Science and Technology was a year-long celebration of creativity at MIT, featuring many demos and projects from the Media Lab. More information about FAST is available.
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0:00 | May 3rd, 2011

Qooqle is a mobile system that frees us from the confines of search boxes by integrating digital information directly into our everyday activities.
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0:00 | Mar 12th, 2011

The Junkyard Jumbotron lets you take a bunch of random laptops, cellphones and tablets and stitch them together into a large, virtual display, simply by taking a photograph of them.
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0:00 | Dec 9th, 2010

There’s no such thing as a “typical” Media Lab student. Current Media Arts and Sciences graduate students discuss their research, what it’s like to work at the Media Lab, and why you should apply.
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0:00 | Oct 4th, 2010

Tod Machover describes the premiere of his recent opera, Death and the Powers.
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0:00 | Sep 11th, 2010

Check out a preview of Professor Tod Machover’s latest opera, Death and the Powers, which will premiere in Monaco in September and then tour internationally.
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0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2010

MIT Media Lab researchers have created a quick, simple, and inexpensive way to use mobile phones to measure refractive errors of the eye, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision loss. Until now, these measuremen...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 12th, 2010

LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices.
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0:00 | Feb 19th, 2010

iCalm is a small, wearable, wireless sensor platform for long-term sensing of physiological information along with low-cost connectivity to consumer devices. It has many possible applications, including customer-experience data gathering, health moni...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 11th, 2010

People express and communicate their mental states—such as emotions, thoughts, and desires—through facial expressions, vocal nuances, gestures, and other non-verbal channels. FaceSense is a tool for analyzing, tagging, and making inferences about cog...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 24th, 2009

The Comm.unity platform enables mobile devices to discover and communicate with each other in close proximity. It also transforms these devices into social sensors, and allows programmers to rapidly develop locally and socially aware applications. Se...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 12th, 2009

The New Media Medicine research group believes that it’s time for a power shift in health care. As a society, we have dramatically underestimated the power of ordinary people to transform the system, to take care of their own health, to help develop ...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 4th, 2009

The Chameleon Guitar, developed at the MIT Media Lab, embodies a unique combination of traditional acoustic values and digital capabilities.
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0:00 | Aug 28th, 2009

Associate Media Lab Director Andy Lippman challenges us to recognize common flaws plaguing all our institutions as a first step toward meaningful redesign.
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0:00 | Aug 13th, 2009

In June of 2009, the Center for Future Civic Media’s “Future of News and Civic Media” conference showcased some of the work done as a part of the Knight News Challenge, focusing on creative ways to provide people with the news and information needed ...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 25th, 2009

The Camera Culture group presents Bokodes, tiny imperceptible barcodes that can be read by a standard camera positioned up to four meters away to decode identity, and six-degree-of-freedom pose (angle and distance).
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0:00 | Jun 1st, 2009

The Personal Robots group presents a scenario demonstrating mixed-initiative human-robot teaming for disaster response.
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0:00 | May 18th, 2009

Consumer electronics are becoming more complicated and intimidating. Roadie is a system that uses common-sense reasoning to discern the users’ intentions, and uses this knowledge to help users reach their goals.
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0:00 | Feb 25th, 2009

extrACT is a group of software tools being developed for use by communities affected by extractive industries.
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0:00 | Feb 4th, 2009

The graspables system is a prototype handheld device that recognizes how it is being held and adjusts its functionality accordingly.
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0:00 | Jan 14th, 2009

Professor Ed Boyden introduces the Media Lab’s Synthetic Neurobiology group, which is inventing and applying tools for the analysis and engineering of brain circuits.
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0:00 | Dec 24th, 2008

The first conference focused on the ideas, applications, and joys of Scratch.
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0:00 | Nov 26th, 2008

Selectricity is voting machinery for the masses. See how electronic voting technology can help groups make better decisions, more easily.
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0:00 | Oct 22nd, 2008

What do you get when you cross a guitar and a Wii controller? A way to extend the guitar intuitively by mapping audio effects onto gestures.
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0:00 | Sep 29th, 2008

Setting pixels free, and blurring the boundary between street lighting and digital displays.
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0:00 | Aug 28th, 2008

Robotics, documentary film, algorithms, and circuit boards: just a few of the many projects with undergraduate researchers at the Media Lab.
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0:00 | Aug 8th, 2008

Physical Heart, Virtual Body is a special guitar that combines physical acoustic properties with virtual sound processing capabilities.
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0:00 | Jul 15th, 2008

The Center for Future Civic Media is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. It is working to create technical and social systems for sharing, prioritizing, organizing, and acting on information.
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0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2008

Storied Navigation is a novel approach to constructing a story based on a collection of digital video and audio. Media sequences are tagged with free-text annotations and stored as a collection. The system can then suggest media based on the context ...Show More
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0:00 | May 19th, 2008

The RoboScooter is a lightweight, folding, electric motor scooter. It is designed to provide convenient, inexpensive mobility in urban areas.
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0:00 | May 5th, 2008

Design and the Elastic Mind was an exhibit at New York City’s MoMA with works by MIT Media Lab researchers. Thanks to the MoMA.
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0:00 | Apr 14th, 2008

Nexi is an MDS (Mobile Dexterous Social) Robot designed and built in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group, UMASS Amherst’s Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, Xitome Design, and Meka Robotics.
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0:00 | Apr 1st, 2008

Welcome to a place where the future is lived not imagined.
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0:00 | Mar 24th, 2008

Stiff People’s League is a mixed-reality table soccer game in which teams of virtual and real players compete together. It debuted at Ars Electronica 2007.
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0:00 | Mar 14th, 2008

Siftables are independent, compact devices with sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication capabilities. They can be physically manipulated as a group to interact with digital information and media.
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0:00 | Mar 7th, 2008

A new technological magic show by Media Lab Alum Seth Raphael.
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0:00 | Feb 23rd, 2008

The Software Agents group investigates a new paradigm for software that acts like an assistant to a user of an interactive interface rather than simply as a tool.
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0:00 | Feb 15th, 2008

Death and the Powers will showcase groundbreaking advances in musical language and materials, scenographic technique, and performance technology
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0:00 | Feb 8th, 2008

Seamless: Computational Couture 2008 is a fashion event featuring innovative and experimental works in computational apparel design, interactive clothing, and technology-based fashion. This year’s show was produced by Media Lab student Amanda Parkes,...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 10th, 2007

Journalist and Media Lab Senior Fellow John Hockenberry discusses student life with student Taemie Kim.
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0:00 | Nov 15th, 2007

Journalist and Media Lab Senior Fellow John Hockenberry discusses the resources available at the  Lab with student David Merrill.
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0:00 | Oct 19th, 2007

Autom is an interactive, sociable robot designed to be used on a daily basis for several months.  We are currently running a study with fifteen of these robots in local homes so that we can gather information on how people use the system, what they t...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 16th, 2007

Sponsor week is a major twice a year event where the Media Lab sponsors have the chance to visit the lab and learn about the latest research.  Catch a glimpse of the Media Lab in action.
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0:00 | Sep 5th, 2007

AUR is a robotic desk lamp, a collaborative lighting assistant. It serves as a non-anthropomorphic robotic platform as part of research on human-robot fluency, embodiment, and nonverbal behavior.
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0:00 | Jul 13th, 2007

Hugh Herr and his Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab have developed the first powered ankle-foot prosthesis. The novel prosthesis is capable of propelling the wearer forward and varying its stiffness over irregular terrain, successfu...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2007

On May 9, more than 900 attendees from throughout the world joined members of the Media Lab and special guests for h2.0, a symposium focused on ushering in a new era in human adaptability—an era where technology will merge with our bodies and our min...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 1st, 2007

The City Car is a stackable electric two-passenger city vehicle. The one-way sharable user model is designed to be used in dense urban areas. Vehicle Stacks will be placed throughout the city to create an urban transportation network that takes advan...Show More
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0:00 | May 18th, 2007

A short video composed of drawings by John Maeda for the opening of the h20 event.
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0:00 | May 17th, 2007

Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art—and share your creations on the web.
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0:00 | May 9th, 2007

John Hockenberry visits the Media Lab looking for an upgrade.
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0:00 | May 9th, 2007

John Hockenberry visits the Media Lab looking for an upgrade.
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0:00 | May 9th, 2007

John Hockenberry visits the Media Lab looking for an upgrade.
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0:00 | May 9th, 2007

John Hockenberry visits the Media Lab looking for an upgrade.
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0:00 | May 3rd, 2007

Welcome to the Media Lab podcast with journalist and Media Lab Senior Fellow John Hockenberry.