banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
natural language processing
point of care
sports and fitness
Space Exploration Initiative
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle ...
Looking beyond smart cities
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
“Us” aims to help people develop their sense of empathy. It uses machine learning to analyze interlocutors’ signals (e.g., tone of voice,...
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both ref...
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
A proof of concept demonstration for a voxel-based reconfigurable space structure based on electromagnetically actuated picosatellites. I...
By Ozgun Kilic Afsar, Ali Shtarbanov, Hila Mor, Ken Nakagaki, Jack Forman, Karen Modrei, Dr. Seung Hee Jeong, P...
Designing systems for cognitive support
John Ellis talks to Affective Computing head Rosalind Picard about making AI and computers more emotionally intelligent.
Our body and mind relate in ways which are extraordinarily enigmatic and seemingly incomprehensible. Recent findings exemplify this by sh...
Read (in Japanese) about "Machinoia: Machine of Multiple Me,” an art project created by Fluid Interfaces student Pat Pataranutaporn.
As space agencies prepare for a new era of space exploration, and long duration missions to the Moon or Mars, they’ll need to address the...
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Enhancing human physical capability
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in...
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of th...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
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 ...
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gra...
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food ...
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surv...
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Ante...
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propell...
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar ...
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activitie...
By Rachel BellisleThe Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronauts that has ...
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
Knitting is an established textile manufacturing technique that has been pervasive in the garment and technical fabrics industry. In comp...
Appropriate and adaptive treatment plans are challenging in Parkinson’s disease for several reasons. parkinsAI models drug response...
Peoples' mindsets, meaning their beliefs about their own intellectual abilities, affect their effort and thereby their performance on tas...
AlterEgo is a non-invasive, wearable, peripheral neural interface that allows humans to converse in natural language with mach...
A FerroMagnetic Suit For Zero Gravity // Grounding Humans without Gravity
When materials sciences meet HCI and e-textiles, for custom sensors and actuatorsIn this project we explore the process of polymerization...
Spinoff Figur8 and member company Toppan Printing have developed a new service using musculoskeletal sensors to assess body misalignment.
There are currently UROP openings for this project. All the details available via the link: https://www.braini.io/j...
What Is TDI?Targeted Dream Incubation is a method for guiding dreams towards specific themes. It is a proposal both magnetic and unl...
Interoceptive Technologies: Inducing emotions from the body upInspirationThere’s a feeling that comes tingling down the spine in certain ...
Acquisition of surface electromyography (sEMG) from a person with an amputated lower extremity (LE) during prosthesis-assisted walking re...
Human-computer interaction (HCI) has traditionally focused on designing and investigating interfaces that provide explicit visual, audito...
Johnson, K.T. & Picard, R.W. (2020). Advancing Neuroscience through Wearable Devices. Neuron 108(1), 8-12.
Regular disinfection of hands and frequently touched surfaces is a critical factor in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and di...
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Congrats to Fluid Interfaces PhD student Arnav Kapur and collaborators on the selection of AlterEgo by Time Magazine for this recognition.
Doze is an IoT enabled platform for personalized scent diffusion and on-skin drug delivery. Leveraging a hydrogel technology, the Doze sy...
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a th...
As bikes navigate city streets after dark, they are often equipped with lights. The lights make the bikes visible to cars or other bikers...
This project is supported by the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic), the National Institutes of Hea...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Dormio is the result of several year's worth of research conducted by the Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces group.
Vega and his colleagues tested Dormio on group of 50 people this summer. Read about their results.
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Guided dreaming could be used to boost creativity or to confront sources of stress and trauma.
In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, we are conducting a clinical trial exploring objective methods for assessing depres...
The MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) talks to Fluid Interfaces head Pattie Maes
Berke A., Nawyn J., Lengeling T.S., Larson K. (2020) Urban Mobility Swarms: A Scalable Implementation. In: Arai K., Kapoor S., Bhatia R. (eds) Intelligent Computing. SAI 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1229. Springer, Cham
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
Device not only helps record dream reports, but also guides dreams toward particular themes.
Cocoon is our vision of a programmable dream machine from the future. This device would be enabled by the synthesis of many devices under...