MIT engineers build smart power outlet

MIT engineers build smart power outlet

“Design can “learn” to identify plugged-in appliances, distinguish dangerous electrical spikes from benign ones. Have you ever plugged in a vacuum cleaner, only to have it turn off without warning before the job is done? Or perhaps your desk lamp …

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A Better Device for Measuring Electromagnetic Radiation

A Better Device for Measuring Electromagnetic Radiation

“New bolometer is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths. Bolometers, devices that monitor electromagnetic radiation through heating of an absorbing material, are used by astronomers and homeowners alike. But most such devices have limited bandwidth and must be operated at …

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Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

“Wireless smart-home system from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could monitor diseases and help the elderly “age in place.” X-ray vision has long seemed like a far-fetched sci-fi fantasy, but over the last decade a team led by …

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MIT engineers configure RFID tags to work as sensors

MIT engineers configure RFID tags to work as sensors

“Platform may enable continuous, low-cost, reliable devices that detect chemicals in the environment. These days, many retailers and manufacturers are tracking their products using RFID, or radio-frequency identification tags. Often, these tags come in the form of paper-based labels outfitted …

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Teaching robots how to move objects

Teaching robots how to move objects

“PhD candidate and Amazon Robotics Challenge winner Maria Bauza helps to improve how robots interact with the world. With the push of a button, months of hard work were about to be put to the test. Sixteen teams of engineers …

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The quantum choreographer

The quantum choreographer

“Using diamond dust and laser light to control atomic spin, Ashok Ajoy PhD ’16 pursues alternatives to costly conventional imaging technologies. Listening to Ashok Ajoy PhD ’16 talk about his work, it’s easy to forget he’s a physicist …

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Wireless system can power devices inside the body

Wireless system can power devices inside the body

“New technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications. MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the …

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Engineers design color-changing compression bandage

Engineers design color-changing compression bandage

“Compression therapy is a standard form of treatment for patients who suffer from venous ulcers and other conditions in which veins struggle to return blood from the lower extremities. Compression stockings and bandages, wrapped tightly around the affected limb, can …

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