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Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
2023 Burning Man Arts"Once upon a time, in the heart of the Black Rock City desert, a knitted shade structure seamlessly melded ancient an…
Space Exploration Initiative
Prolonged exposure to microgravity is known to cause various acute health risks, including muscle atrophy, bone loss, cardiovascular decon…
On "The Loh Down on Science," host Sandra Tsing Loh reports on research from the Conformable Decoders group.
Enhancing human physical capability
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Looking beyond smart cities
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a thir…
Connected Mind + Body | Revolutionizing the future of mental and physical wellbeing
Cultivating Creativity | Catalyzing a global movement enabling everyone to unlock
and unleash their individual and collective creativity
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
OmniFiber is a reconfigurable fiber technology for movement-based interactions based on thin fluidic fiber actuators with closed-loop strai…
Nearly all classes of wearable and implantable biomedical devices depend on battery power for continuous operation. However, the life span …
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket propel…
We build technologies that interface with the sleeping mind. We track different sleep-stages using brain activity, muscle tensio…
Three-dimensional Digital Knitting of Intelligent Textile Sensor for Activity Recognition and Biomechanical MonitoringWe present an ap…
Ultrasound-induced transdermal drug delivery (sonophoresis) has long lingered in the by-lanes of academic and industrial research, and has …
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
Wearables are being widely researched for monitoring individual's health and wellbeing. Current generation wearable devices sense an indivi…
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food pr…
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific task…
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of the …
Ever wish you could toss your folded up tent and have it self-assemble mid-air? Well...you can. In a zero gravity environment.Self As…
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to explo…
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Antenn…
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propellan…
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar me…
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activities …
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surviv…
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratizati…
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial G…
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and during …
CyberBiome is a programmable bio-digital organ, a wearable biosynthesis platform for personalized, on-demand production of therapeutics and…
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
These five women at the MIT Media Lab are advancing aerospace science and research, driven by a love of our home planet.
In a new study, researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group & Harvard Medical School find that brief naps can enhance creativity
Using Dormio, a project from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces research group, poet Will Dowd set out to pioneer a new reading experience.
Using ultrasonic waves that propel drug molecules into the skin, the patch could be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
On the ACM ByteCast podcast, Fluid Interfaces head Pattie Maes talks to host Rashmi Mohan about the passion that has shaped her career.
Canan Dağdeviren, head of the Conformable Decoders research group, discusses her time at the MIT Media Lab and where her research is headed.
Researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group and Harvard Medical School find that brief naps appear to enhance creativity.
Media Lab alum Tomás Vega talks to ZDNet about MouthPad, a Bluetooth-enabled mouthpiece that enables hands-free control of digital devices.
Media Lab alum Judith Amores talks to Scientific American about a lightweight, wireless interface to deliver scents to VR users.
7NEWS talks to Fluid Interfaces alum Tomás Vega and his Augmental co-founder Corten Singer about their bluetooth-enabled mouthpiece.
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
There are currently UROP openings for this project. AttentivU is a device, in the form factor of a pair of gla…
Irmandy Wicaksono from the Media Lab's Response Environments group discusses innovations and ancient wisdoms to be found in arts & crafts.
Media Lab postdoc Adam Haar Horowitz discusses using “dream engineering” techniques to give people more control over their dreams.
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gravi…
By Rachel BellisleOverview:The Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (GLCS or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronau…
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Invent new tangible and embodied interactions that inspire and engage people
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Targeted dream incubation (TDI) is a methodology for guiding (or “incubating”) dreams towards specific themes. Please read the FAQ below to…
Spinoff Augmental announces The MouthPad^, a custom-fit 3D-printed mouthpiece that lets users control digital devices hands-free.
The device converts the user's tongue position and pressure into cursor actions by processing signals through a machine-learning algorithm.
Joe Paradiso talks to host Susan Kish about high-energy physics, wearables, electronic music, science fiction, and the metaverse.
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Human-computer interaction (HCI) has traditionally focused on designing and investigating interfaces that provide explicit visual, auditory…
Cocoon is our vision of a programmable dream machine from the future. This device would be enabled by the synthesis of many devices under d…
Jain, A., Schoeller, F., Zhang, E., & Maes, P. (2022, November). Frisson: Leveraging Metasomatic Interactions for Generating Aesthetic Chills. In Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (pp. 148-158).
The Economist reports on the future of brain-computer interfaces, including work being done by researcher Nataliya Kosmyna.