MIT wins prize for $20 robot

John Tarbox reports that MIT’s CSAIL team has won first place in the categories of hardware and curriculum for a printable, origami-inspired Segway robot, called SEG, at the “Ultra-Affordable Robot” competition sponsored by the African Robotics Network (AFRON) and the IEEE Robotics and Automaton Society. The robot can be built for about $20. Its made […]

MIT unveils Android App Inventor2

The App Inventor group at MIT have unveiled App Inventor2. You may be familiar with the App Inventor project when it was previously featured. (At that time it was known as Google App Inventor.) Essentially it helps you build Android apps using a graphical interface which is useful for quick coding and debugging, and is […]

MIT computerized self position-correcting hand router

Drone writes: “Check out this computerized self position-correcting hand router made by Alec Rivers, Ilan E. Moyer, and Frédo Durand of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The plan is to commercialize this. You would upload designs and/or buy designs to upload like apps on a smartphone. There’s a 6 Mb PDF of a […]

Defcon 19: build your own radar system

At the Defcon 19 (2011) conference Michael Scarito demonstrated how to construct your own radar system. The project is based on a design by Dr. Greg Charvat from MIT and uses synthetic aperture techniques to generate a two- or three-dimensional image. (You can read Dr. Charvat’s research paper here.) The hardware operates in the 2.4 […]

MIT online course: Principles of Digital Communications I

As part of their ongoing OpenCourseWare program, MIT is offering the free online course “Principles of Digital Communication I.” Course description: The course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice behind many of today’s communications systems. Topics covered include: digital communications at the block diagram level, data compression, Lempel-Ziv algorithm, scalar and vector […]

Extreme electric motorcycle uses Arduino

This article from MIT News highlights the MIT Team’s recent entry into the Isle of Man TT Race, a speed competition for all-electric vehicles conducted over a 37.7 mile circuit. Race coordinators put up a prize of £10,000 for the first electric bike to finish with an average speed of 100 miles per hour or […]

MIT OpenCourseWare: Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory

MIT has a program known as OpenCourseWare designed to provide free access to course materials from previously presented MIT courses. Course offerings from all academic disciplines are available and the list grows periodically. MIT OCW even has their own YouTube channel. Here’s an interesting offering, Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory, covering topics related to CPLD/FPGA program […]