banking and finance
internet of things
sports and fitness
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Space Exploration Initiative
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
The Conformable Decoders group is now home to a state-of-the-art cleanroom called the "YellowBox."
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Piezoelectric sensors have many applications including as vibration sensors, accelerometers, energy harvesters, and even electronic drum pad
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Stomach: An ingestible and flexible piezoelectric device enables sensing of changes in the GI tract.
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Continuous localized tissue monitoring and disease treatment
Lower-extremity amputation surgery has not seen significant change since the Civil War. This research is focused on the development of no...
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
Designing for, with, and by nature
The Synthetic Apiary proposes a new kind of environment, bridging urban and organismic scales by exploring one of the most important orga...
Nothing triggers memories like smell. Momentary, fleeting, and at times unexpected, one scent can conjure up the warmth of a grandparent...
I am currently creating perfumes that capture the smell of individuals who have emotional significance to me. An exploration in the use ...
The reproductive organs of the female body have long been a site of contention, where opposing ideologies in religion, politics, and cult...
Improvements in ingestible electronics with the capacity to sense physiological and pathophysiological states have transformed the standa...
Enhancing human physical capability
We are currently developing novel DNA editing technologies to broaden the scope of genome engineering. Our strategy is based on identifyi...
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Exploring evolutionary and ecological engineering
Nearly all classes of wearable and implantable biomedical devices depend on battery power for continuous operation. However, the life spa...
There are many mysteries of human biology. Among those perhaps least considered, what do our bodies sound like?This was the question on t...
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Today’s health sensors (which monitor breathing, heartbeats, steps, etc.) require their users to wear them on their bodies. In contrast, ...
Residents are invited to weigh in on a plan to release genetically-modified mice on Nantucket to combat tick-borne diseases
Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT. Their work explores “evolutionary and ecological engineering and responsive science
How Canan Dagdeviren is going about setting up a new research group at the Media Lab.
Brain circuits are large, 3D structures. However, the building blocks—proteins, signaling complexes, synapses—are or...
The gram-positive cocci Streptococcus pneumoniae causes pneumonia, otitis media, meningitis, and bacteremia in pediatric, elderly, and im...
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
We collaborated with NIAS (National Institute of Agricultural Science) to genetically engineer silkworms to develop new kinds of silk for...
"Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and m...
In the United States, there are an estimated 1.7 million people living with amputation, with that number expected to double by 2050. Comp...
How we can understand human behavior (rationality, semi-rationality, bounded rationality, and just plain irrationality) in day-to-day behaviors, and in particular in electronic environments.
How to engineer and disseminate powerful, low-cost design and fabrication technologies at a grassroots level.
How to redefine and expand the conceptual framework and language of learning by creating new technologies and spheres of practice.
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
How to bring the programmability of the digital world to the physical world.
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
How to distill meaning from complex everyday experiences.
Walter Bender is currently on leave.
How to detect the activity of biological molecules with micro- and nanofabricated devices.