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The World Is Your Steam Room With A Material That Turns Sunshine Into Steam

Good news for vaporised water fans everywhere: MIT researchers have developed a disc-shaped material structure that generates steam using solar power.


MIT Wants To Give Our Hands Two Extra Robot Fingers

First it was an extra set of shoulder-mounted robot arms, but now MIT feels that humanity could also benefit from a couple of extra robotic fingers on each hand. Faye Wu and other researchers at the school have been developing SR — or supernumerary robotic — fingers that work alongside your existing digits to make countless tasks easier to handle.


3D-Printed Ice Cream Guarantees The Perfectly Balanced Cone

The MIT students who hacked together a Cuisinart soft-serve machine, a Solidoodle, and a freezer to create this wonderful 3D ice cream printer have no plans to commercialize it; they just built it as a proof-of-concept. And that’s too bad, because if perfected this machine has the potential to engineer a perfect ice cream cone that’s far less likely to topple.


MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be The Perfect Photography Assistants

If you’ve ever been to a photography set, you’ve probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting — only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That’s why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure they’re always in the perfect spot.


This Heater Knows Where You Are And Only Warms The Space You're Using

A heater that follows you around might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it’s very much a reality for an MIT research group that wants to revolutionise the way we heat our buildings. They have invented a system called Local Warming, which tracks your location using Wi-Fi and only heats your immediate vicinity.


MIT Created An Extra Set Of Shoulder-Mounted Robot Arms

They’re not going to turn you into a Doctor Octopus-like super villain, but the next time you’re trying to open a door with your arms full, you’ll see the value in this extra set of shoulder-worn robot arms being developed at MIT.


This MIT Portrait Software Could Smarten Up Your Selfies

Selfies may have exploded in popularity, but the majority of them still suck. Now, though, software from MIT, which uses professional portraiture photography as inspiration to create dramatic images from humble snaps, could change that.


A Little Fancy Maths Could Make Mobile Networks Five Times Faster

LTE might be fast, but it sure ain’t fast enough. Enter new research from MIT and Caltech, which suggests that a little fancy maths could boost mobile data transmission rates — by as much as 400 per cent.


MIT Breakthrough Makes Tiny Apartments Feel Three Times Bigger

If you live in a big city, there’s a decent chance your apartment feels cramped. Enter CityHome, a closet-sized device recently revealed by MIT that promises to make a 19 square metre apartment feel three times as big. And did I mention that it’s gesture-controlled?


The Guy Who Invented Computer Passwords Thinks They're A Nightmare

Half a century ago, Fernando Corbató changed the world. He helped deploy the first computer password, transforming not only how we use technology but also how we think about privacy. Now, in the era of the web, the former MIT professor thinks passwords are a nightmare. He’s not wrong.