11/10/2011, Remember Google’s App Inventor that allowed anybody to create new Android apps with no programming skills (even though it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park)? Well, it looks like it’s going to down the same path that quite a number of Google projects have went through recently – the path of discontinuation. Google has started sending out emails to App Inventor Users, telling them that support for App Inventor […]
09/19/2011, Are you a fan of the game Tetris and/or Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)? If you are, three MIT students have found a way to play a 6 foot tall LED matrix game of Tetris while using the DDR mat as a controller.
08/22/2011, It appears that man in the middle attacks was a hot topic at the DefCon security conference this year, and it seems that researchers, Nickolai Zeldovich and Dina Katabi at MIT have come up with a simple and effective defense that can be implemented in our phones as well as other wireless devices.
07/13/2011, One of the main reasons that people have problems when operating a computer or some unfamiliar gadget is their reluctance to read the manual. I’m pretty sure all of us have been told at some point in our life to RTM (Read The Manual) whenever we had trouble figuring something out. Most of the time we end up figuring what’s wrong and get the problem solved.
05/05/2011, Although Nintendo has done a great job at introducing glasses-less 3D technology to a mass audience, the Nintendo 3DS display has a couple of things that would need serious improvements: brightness and power consumption. The design of the 3DS display is remarkable because it uses two LCD displays stacked on top of one another and a “parallax mask” makes it so that you eyes see different images, giving the impression […]
04/28/2011, The folks over at MIT have discovered a way to increase the efficiency of solar cells, and surprisingly it’s not with the use of technology or a fancy solar cell design. They’ve discovered that by using a genetically modified version of the M13 virus, they can increase the efficiency of a solar cell, and it’s more than just a slight improvement – we’re talking about 33% more efficiency here. What […]
04/03/2011, While broadband connectivity as well as the leaps made in the realm of technology has certainly made teleconferencing possible, it has yet to achieve a level where everyone is happy with the results just yet, but this isn’t to discourage the efforts of folks over at Skype and others. Boffins over at the MIT Media Lab managed to take hold of the Kinect, harnessing its powers of depth and human […]
03/30/2011, We know, we know, every time a new Kinect hack or project makes its way onto YouTube, we call it the coolest Kinect hack ever, but we can’t help it – the stuff people are doing with the Xbox 360 motion detecting camera is amazing. This new hack by a bunch of robotics students at MIT and the University of Washington is undoubtedly impressive. By combining a Kinect with a […]
03/28/2011, In the world of cancer detection, technology is rapidly evolving, and researchers are constantly developing newer and better ways to scope out those deadly cells. Well some researchers from MIT and Harvard have developed a new design for their carbon nanotube device that they came up with four years ago. This new version of the device is touted to work 8 times better. Instead of silicon solid tubes that were […]
03/24/2011, Science had always drawn inspiration from nature, otherwise, how do you explain submarines, planes and even the spectacles that you put on? There is still a wealth of knowledge out there to be tapped, and an MIT researcher has managed to create electricity out of water in a more efficient manner compared to conventional solar cells, and that also to the point where one and a half bottles of wastewater […]
02/03/2011, A lecturer at MIT taught his students how to build their own Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for one of their projects at the institute this semester. The SAR is a high-resolution radar that is usually used in moving vehicles like airplanes and used for ground mapping purposes. What’s so special about the radars the students were making is that all they used were some breadbordable electronics, empty coffee cans and […]
12/09/2010, With the economic malaise in most countries having resulted from spending more than what one can earn, it is no surprise to see some enterprising brains at MIT come up with a wallet that can actually alert you of your spending habits. Electronic parts have been embedded within, where it will then send you alerts whenever you break your monthly budget. The Bumblebee wallet will vibrate every time you swipe […]
11/22/2010, Energy consumption is a hot topic nowadays and now a new system developed by the smart folks over at MIT might have the potential to slash lighting bills by more than half. The experimental system features devices that are about the size of a business card that can be placed on the desktop. The device contains light sensors to monitor the light falling on the user’s workspace, along with controls […]
11/21/2010, Perhaps we’ll be able to easily shoot pictures of folks hiding around the corner in the future as a camera that is capable of shooting around corners has been developed by scientists from MIT. The prototype device uses an ultra-short high-intensity burst of laser light to illuminate a scene, collecting tiny amounts of light that bounce around the scene. The camera touts a femtosecond laser, a high-intensity light source that […]