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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
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On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making
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Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making

An analysis found doctors' "gut feelings" about an intensive-care patient's condition played a significant role in determining how many tests were ordered for the...

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment
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Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks...

Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy
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Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

A personalized deep learning network is designed to help robots gauge the effect of autism therapy on children, using data that is unique to each patient.

Faster Analysis of Medical Images
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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning...

MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet
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MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage from single or multiple outlets.

How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures
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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language...

Chip Upgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate
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Chip Upgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reduced the size and power consumption of a computer chip they designed in 2017 to help honeybee-sized drones...

MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors
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MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

Researchers have developed an ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tag-sensor configuration that senses spikes in glucose and wirelessly transmits...

Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers
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Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers

A new transmitter can hack-proof wireless data by frequency hopping each individual 1 or 0 bit of a data packet, every microsecond.

Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
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Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks

A new algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can refresh data within a simple wireless communication system.

Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs
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Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs

A new device uses inexpensive flash storage to process huge graphs using a personal computer.

Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease
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Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease

A new ingestible sensor can help diagnose gastrointestinal problems.

Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic
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Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic

Researchers have highly maneuverable autonomous boats that, in waterway-rich cities, could be used to transport people or deliver goods.

Making Driverless Cars Change Lanes More Like Human Drivers Do
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Making Driverless Cars Change Lanes More Like Human Drivers Do

A new algorithm developed by the MIT CSAIL could improve the way driverless vehicles change lanes. The algorithm allows for more aggressive lane changes and will...

Albatross Robot Takes Flight
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Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Systems of mathematical equations can forecast the most informative data to collect for an autonomous underwater vehicle mission and the best way to reach the sampling...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide...

Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do
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Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

Researchers have used a deep neural network to build the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre....
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