Connie Liu

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Could a pen change how we diagnose brain function?

For all of the advances in medical technology, many of the world’s most widely-used diagnostic tools essentially involve just two things: pen and …

Here is the first look at Samsung's new Gear smartwatch, coming next month

<b>Read next:</b> The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch review.<p>Samsung's big news today was two big phones, but it has even more tech to come shortly: a new smartwatch that's going to be unveiled next month. At the end of its presentation today, Samsung teased the Gear S2, a circular smartwatch with an …

The Future of UI Design? Old-School Text Messages

If you want a glimpse of how we'll interact with computers in the future, watch Justin Kan use his iPhone. Then you'll see how Kan was able to: 1. …

Chatbots

Bistro In Vitro serves up lab-grown meat

Can you imagine eating nuggets made from dodo meat? Eating cubes made from the flesh of your favourite celebrities? Or knitting a steak from long …

Cape Town

How the bindi is saving lives in India

Millions of people in rural India suffer from serious illnesses related to iodine deficiencies, including breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, …

Cape Town

MechE Connects | MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

MechE Connects is the bi-annual newsletter for MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE). Each issue explores one theme that reflects the …

Engineering

As Jeopardy! Robot Watson Grows Up, How Afraid of It Should We Be?

Boyhood<p><b>Watson</b> was just 4 years old when it beat the best human contestants on <i>Jeopardy!</i> As it grows up and goes out into the world, the question …

The revolution will be digitized

Published on May 9, 2015<p><i>In San Diego</i><p>From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2 percent, 191 pounds, …

Genomics

Thumbnail track pad

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.<p>They …

Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

If the Stratos smart card works as advertised, it will prove that patience is a virtue. Having a prodigy for a CEO doesn’t hurt either.<p>First there was Coin, then there was Plastc: two companies promising the smart credit card of the future–one card that could store all of your cards. The companies …

Moves to make chess more accessible to spectators

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab are trying to turn chess into a spectator sport like American football or poker.<p>The group wants to make the game more accessible to the uninitiated, by presenting complex information on matches in a simple, visually appealing …

10 futuristic gadgets for the early adopter

A few years from now, people might reminisce about a time when they watched movies on screens and manually closed their bedroom curtains.<p>We're in the …

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

A Pebble in Apple’s Shoe

In the battle for your wrist, a small company thinks it can hold off the tech giants by going back to its Kickstarter roots— with a watch called …

Wearable Tech

Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

And it’s a foundational step in the next wave of interaction.<p>It’s not the most gorgeous photography you’ve ever seen. ImageNet features 1.2 million pictures of mundane items–a photocopier shoved in the corner of an office, a bowl of oatmeal on a table, a pile of logs, a giant sign shaped like an …

Would Sitting In A Fun Swing Make Your Stupid Meetings Less Boring?

It’s hard to imagine that any meeting using The King Arthur Round Table could be dull. Even if the people were dull, and the subject was dull.<p>That’s because the King Arthur has swings instead of chairs. If you ever felt bored, you could amuse yourself with some swaying back-and-forth.<p>“As soon as …

This Machine Guides Your Hand to Teach You How to Draw

Good news for people without natural born talent: You don’t need it. Or at least you won’t <i>in the future</i>—DUN DUN DUNNNNN! By then, technology will …

Robotics

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

How to Make Banh Mi Rolls (and Build a Banh Mi Sandwich)

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, is showing us how to make banh mi rolls (and banh mi sandwiches) at home.</i><p>Do you need to bake your …

From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin

For Co.Design’s Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing.<p>From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we’re already wrist-banded out. So …

4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

Super strength. Super hearing. Super artistry. Super expression. The future of wearables is really a quest for human enhancement.<p>Mark Rolston used to be CCO at Frog Design. Now he runs his new consultancy, Argodesign. And as part of our Wearables Week, his firm generated a series of concepts based …

Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an …

Kickstarting: A Headband That Measures Your Mental Focus

Melon explores an interesting new frontier of the quantified self: your noggin’.<p>Does checking Twitter during the workday really leave you scatterbrained? Could taking up meditation help you tune out the noise and focus better? Melon, a stylish EEG headband and elegant companion app, is one of the …

Restoring Natural Sensory Feedback in Real-Time Bidirectional Hand Prosthesis

Assistive Technology

10 Sweater Crafts for Fall

Now that summer is almost over, are you cleaning out your closet? Torn or ill-fitting sweaters may have no place in your wardrobe as-is, but there …

Sphero Goes Extreme with New Ollie

Sphero, the little, round, programmable robot, rolled its way into many hearts since it was released in 2011, confounding pets and expressing a unique form of movement. It was a reimagining of both robots and remote control.<p>For its second act, the company is reimagining wheels — at least, wheels in …

Now IBM’s Watson Tackles Questions That Have No Answers

The computer program that won Jeopardy can now supply innovators with smarter “hunches” in everything from cooking to medical research–and even solving crimes.<p>When IBM’s advanced artificial intelligence program Watson beat <i>Jeopardy</i> champion Ken Jennings in 2011, it was an impressive feat for a …

What Are “Nearables,” And Why Is Ideo So Excited About Them?

Bluetooth beacons enter a new interactive frontier with Estimote’s sticker-size hardware<p>Last week beacon technology–sensors which can trigger actions in devices that come within range, increasing their spatial intelligence–shrank in size and grew in opportunity with the introduction of Estimote …

DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

I know I always get pretty excited about the projects on here but, seriously, this is one of my favorites! I’ve had a hanging chair on my to-make …

Woodworking

Origami robot folds itself up, crawls away

For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold …