Researchers 3D print a miniature vacuum pump
The device would be a key component of a portable mass spectrometer that could help monitor pollutants, perform medical diagnoses in remote areas.
Programmable materials that sense movements developed
A method for 3D printing materials with tunable mechanical properties that sense how they are moving and interacting with the environment has been developed.
Easier ways to teach robots new skills
MIT researchers have developed a technique that enables a robot to learn a pick-and-place task with only a handful of human demonstrations.
Teaching robots to manipulate soft objects
Researchers have developed a technique that could enable a robot to manipulate squishy objects like pizza dough or soft materials like clothing.
Helping humans understand robots
Researchers from MIT and Harvard suggest that applying theories from cognitive science and educational psychology to the area of human-robot interaction can help humans build more accurate mental models of their robot collaborators.
Reasserting U.S. leadership in microelectronics, semiconductors
MIT researchers lay out a strategy for how universities can help the U.S. regain its former status as a major power in semiconductor and microchip production.
Artificial intelligence developed to understand object relationships
A machine-learning model developed by MIT researchers could enable robots to understand interactions in the world in the way humans do with artificial intelligence.
Giving robots social skills
A machine-learning system developed by MIT researchers can help robots understand and perform certain social interactions.
Control system enables four-legged robot to manage uneven terrain
MIT researchers have developed a system that improves the speed and agility of four-legged robots as they jump across gaps in the terrain. See video.
Using blockchain technology to protect robots
Blockchain technology as a communication tool for a team of robots could provide security and safeguard against deception.
Robot digs, finds objects under piles
An integrated robotic arm fuses visual data from a camera and radio frequency (RF) information from an antenna to find and retrieve objects, even when they are buried under a pile and fully out of view. See video.
3D-printed objects that sense user interactivity
MIT researchers are integrating sensing capabilities into 3D printable structures comprised of repetitive cells, which enables designers to rapidly prototype interactive input devices. See video.