UV-activated polymer could make smart fabrics even smarter

When producing “smart fabrics” made of conductive fibers, it can be difficult placing functional elements such as electrodes in specific locations along those fibers. A new polymer, however, could make doing so much easier.Continue ReadingCategory: Mat… Continue reading UV-activated polymer could make smart fabrics even smarter

Researchers bring deep learning to IoT devices

Deep learning is everywhere. This branch of artificial intelligence curates your social media and serves your Google search results. Soon, deep learning could also check your vitals or set your thermostat. MIT researchers have developed a system that c… Continue reading Researchers bring deep learning to IoT devices

3D Printable Cloth Takes Advantage of Defects

Normally, a 3D printer that under extrudes is a bad thing. However, MIT has figured out a way to deliberately mix full extrusions with under extruded layers to print structures that behave more like cloth than normal 3D printed items. The mesh-like structure apparently doesn’t require any modification to a …read more

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Solar-powered autoclave designed for use in Third World clinics

While autoclaves are considered essential for sterilizing medical equipment in First World health care facilities, they’re often not available in developing nations where access to electricity is limited. A new solar-powered autoclave may be the answer… Continue reading Solar-powered autoclave designed for use in Third World clinics

Kenya trial examines effect of universal basic income during pandemic

With the social and economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic striking hundreds of millions around the world, the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been raised as a potential solution. Unique new research is looking at the effects of UBI durin… Continue reading Kenya trial examines effect of universal basic income during pandemic

Electricity-free cooling material is inspired by camel fur

Materials stay cooler when water evaporates off of them, but once all the water is gone, the cooling effect stops. Bearing this in mind, MIT scientists have developed a camel fur-inspired material that could keep items cool without using electricity.Co… Continue reading Electricity-free cooling material is inspired by camel fur

Electricity-free cooling material is inspired by camel fur

Materials stay cooler when water evaporates off of them, but once all the water is gone, the cooling effect stops. Bearing this in mind, MIT scientists have developed a camel fur-inspired material that could keep items cool without using electricity.Co… Continue reading Electricity-free cooling material is inspired by camel fur

Underwater GPS system powered by sound could open up ocean exploration

MIT scientists have developed an acoustic system that acts like an underwater GPS, yet doesn’t need batteries to operate. The Underwater Backscatter Localization (UBL) system is powered by reflecting modulated audio signals to generate binary impulses…. Continue reading Underwater GPS system powered by sound could open up ocean exploration

MIT’s autonomous “Roboats” are now big enough to be canal-bound Ubers

The world’s first fleet of autonomous boats is growing – literally. After years of tests and upgrades, MIT’s self-driving Roboat has now doubled in size, allowing it to carry two people at a time. The boats have also had an intelligence upgrade and can… Continue reading MIT’s autonomous “Roboats” are now big enough to be canal-bound Ubers