Have to Love MIT Media Labs

If you’re a technophile, you have to love MIT media labs. It’s better than Disney World.


You probably expect all the latest and greatest high-tech gear to be out in force at the infamous MIT Media Lab innovation complex.

And you’d be right. Holograms? Check. 3D printing? Check. Robots? Triple check — even a DragonBot.

I toured the lab this week. Here is a quick look at some of the coolest stuff on display…

1. Artisanal technology

Students at MIT’s High-Low Tech group pair old-world materials and processes with new-wave technology. They paint circuitry on paper, or stitch it onto cloth. In the dandelion print (below), the art overlays circuitry that provides interactivity. Blow on the dandelion seed pod, and guess what happens…

2. DIY and BYO objects

With the advent of open-source software and, more recently, open-source hardware, young designers have the tools to build lots of great stuff – at relatively low costs. Kickstarter efforts and open-source-like projects like Arduino blazed the trail…

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