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MIT’s ‘smart surface’ could improve your WiFi signal tenfold

Sponsored Links Lead author Venkat Arun in front of the RFocus smart surface prototype. Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL There’s a problem with stuffing wireless connections into ever-smaller devices: they can struggle to maintain a good signal when there’s so little space for antennas. MIT CSAIL researchers might have a fix, though. They’ve developed an RFocus …

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MIT researchers use shadows to create a video of what happens off camera

Sponsored Links Corinna Dumat / EyeEm via Getty Images In order for self-driving cars to park themselves, they’ll need to be able to see around corners. A team from MIT’s CSAIL may have a new way to do that. Using video footage of shadows, they’ve developed an algorithm that can recreate video of what’s happening …

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Block-like robots could assemble into emergency staircases

Sponsored Links MIT Next to Boston Dynamics’ leaping humanoids, the dice-like M-Block robots from MIT might not look very cool. Considering their lack of limbs, though, the latest versions can perform some impressive tricks like jumping, climbing and assembling into larger structures, Big Hero 6 style. Those skills could one day help them assemble themselves …

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MIT experts find a way to reduce video stream buffering on busy WiFi

Sponsored Links Tero Vesalainen via Getty Images Is there anything more annoying that trying to watch a video on a slow internet connection shared with a bunch of other users? Skips, endless buffering, and ugly pixelation can ruin the experience of watching a movie or TV show when everyone in your house is trying to …

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AI knitting system designs and creates garments

Sponsored Links MIT CSAIL If you’ve ever wanted a custom bobble hat but your knitting skills aren’t up to par, let the robots do it. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a computer-aided knitting system which can automate the design and manufacture of knitted garments. Even non expert knitters …

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Recycling robot can sort paper and plastic by touch

Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL It can be a pain for workers to sort recycling, both because of the safety and the sheer monotony of it. But how do you get robots to do the job when they can’t always tell the difference between a can and a cardboard tube? For MIT CSAIL, it’s simple: give …

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MIT robot’s flytrap gripper can grab both fragile and heavy objects

Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL Robot hands tend to skew toward extremes. They can pick up delicate objects or heavy objects, but rarely both. MIT CSAIL’s solution? Avoid hands altogether. Its researchers have developed a Venus flytrap-like gripper that can grab objects as fragile as a grape, but also items 100 times its weight — even if …

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