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Ford, MIT and Stanford band together to further the cause of automated driving research

Ford, MIT and Stanford band together to further the cause of automated driving research

In order to reach automobile utopia of the future, Ford needs to lay the foundations of that dream today. That is why the car maker has chosen to join forces with the brightest minds from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to help it achieve its goal of making tomorrow's roads safer and more efficient with cars that have eyes, ears, and even a dash of common sense.

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MIT shows off transparent display that could lead to next-gen HUDs

MIT shows off transparent display that could lead to next-gen HUDs

There are a lot of technologies being investigated around the world to help reduce driver distraction and bring a new level of interactivity to infotainment systems in cars. One of those technologies is the heads up display. A group of researchers from MIT has created a new type of transparent data display system that could lead to next generation HUDs that are cheaper and easy to manufacture.

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MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

Researchers at MIT have created a new way to track movement through walls, and it is even more accurate and revealing than the motion tracking technology they created in June of this year. It's called WiTrack, and it can sense a person's movements in three dimensions -- physical occlusions or no. It's an update to the same researchers' "WiVi", which could "see" through walls but wasn't nearly as comprehensive as this.

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MIT’s inFORM UI remotely manipulates physical reality via Kinect

MIT’s inFORM UI remotely manipulates physical reality via Kinect

MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has invented a tangible interface that acts like a remote pinscreen. That is, it transfers gestures captured by a hacked Kinect to a platform of motorized pins, thus translating motion to physical reality. The device is called inFORM, and the researchers involved in the project want it to inform a wider push towards computer interfaces that embrace the deep human need for tactile engagement with reality.

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MIT M-Blocks Self-assembling robots made real

MIT M-Blocks Self-assembling robots made real

This week the former MIT student known as John Romanishin revealed a plan - and working demo units - of a modular self-assembling robot pods. These little beasts may seem the thing of nightmares when they move independently, attach to one another and stand up on their own - but they're not currently in a place where they're going to take over humanity any time soon. The idea for these robots was initiated by Romanishin in 2011, when he was an MIT senior in Professor Daniela Rus's robotics class - now he's a research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the plans have been made real.

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MIT’s milli-motein robot can shape shift

MIT’s milli-motein robot can shape shift

The strange-looking piece of twisty curly metal below is actually a robot that can shape shift into various shapes. The robot, called milli-motein, is about the size of your oridinary garden catepillar. Says the scientists involved with the project, this robot could be a "harbinger" of the future and the shape shifting robots that are currently science fiction.

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New vest inflates when you receive Likes on Facebook

New vest inflates when you receive Likes on Facebook

We've reported on some odd items in the past, but this has to be one of the oddest (and also one of the most intriguing). A group of scientists at MIT have developed a new vest that you can link to your Facebook account. Why would you want to link a vest, of all things, to your Facebook account? Because when people "Like" something that you've posted, the vest automatically inflates.

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