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All posts by MITWhy Self-Driving Cars Should Never be Fully Autonomous
October 13, 2015 · MIT professor and historian David Mindell predicts fully driverless cars will not be the most successful version of autonomous vehicles, for both technical and social reasons. Here's why he says Google’s utopian autonomy is a more brittle, less functional solution than a rich, human-centered automation.MIT Maps Human Movement to Improve Assistive Robots
October 12, 2015 · MIT is working on modeling a human's lower extremities during walking to create robotic devices that mimic biological function as closely. This can be used to improve assistive devices that can help maintain or correct the gait of people recovering from strokes.MIT 3D Printed Soft Robot Hand Adapts to Objects
October 1, 2015 · MIT researchers have developed a robotic hand with modular fingers made of silicone and embedded with sensors dexterous enough to pick up everything from soft toys to single pieces of paper without needing to be programmed to understand what it’s gripping.New System Makes 3D-Printed Heart in Hours
A new system from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers converts MRI scans into 3D-printed heart models. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients.MIT Makes it Much Easier for You to Tweak 3D Printing Designs
September 11, 2015 · MIT has developed a system that lets users make swift modifications to 3D models and see how they will look when printed out by a 3D printer within minutes, rather than hoursHow to Bring Quality STEM Education to All
September 8, 2015 · MIT hosts a discussion on scaling STEM education through the use of technology. During the "Scaling STEM," MIT says its mission is to make education scalable, adaptable, and attainable to a wide variety of people around the world.MIT ‘Beerbots’ Fetch Beers While You Sit on the Couch
August 11, 2015 · MIT's Beerbots show off improved planning algorithms for handling uncertainty as three robots collaborate to deliver drinks.How MIT is Making Robot Hands More Human-Like
August 4, 2015 · MIT engineers have devised a way to give more dexterity to simple robotic grippers using the environment as a helping hand. Their model predicts the force with which a robotic gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp.MIT SLAM System Helps Robots Better Identify Objects
July 27, 2015 · MIT recently demonstrated how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which will be a vital component of future robots that have to manipulate the objects around them in arbitrary ways. The system uses SLAM information to augment existing object-recognition algorithms. Its performance should thus continue to improve as computer-vision researchers develop better recognition software, and roboticists develop better SLAM software.MIT’s Cutting-Edge Approach to Robot Control for DARPA Finals
June 11, 2015 · MIT didn't win the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, but the team still feels victorious after developing and testing its cutting-edge algorithm to control robots.