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Bionic Fingers Could Help Humans Get a Grip

Bionic Fingers Could Help Humans Get a Grip

A new robotic device could make simple, everyday tasks — such as peeling a banana or unscrewing the cap from a water bottle — even easier. Developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the “supernumerary robotic fingers” device is a wrist-mounted robot equipped with two long digits. A specially designed algorithm controls the digits, enabling them to move in sync ... Read More »

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans ... Read More »

The $1 Paper Microscope That Could Change the World

The $1 Paper Microscope That Could Change the World

When diagnosing people in the developing world, health workers often go into the field lugging bulky, fragile, and expensive microscopes. “We ship research equipment and hope it’ll survive,” says Manu Prakash, a biophysicist. While traveling in Thailand, the scientist dreamt up a lightweight, low-cost alternative: a pocket-sized paper microscope made from a single sheet of folded paper, a pair of ... Read More »

Researchers See Through Walls With ‘Wi-Vi’

Researchers See Through Walls With ‘Wi-Vi’

Want X­ray vision like the man of steel? A technology that lets you see behind walls could soon be built in to your cell phone. MIT professor Dina Katabi and graduate student Fadel Adib have announced Wi­Vi, a demonstration of a technology that uses Wi­Fi to allow a viewer to “see” a person moving behind a wall. Previous work demonstrated that the ... Read More »

Talk to the hand: The mobile phone glove that lets you leave your handset in your pocket

Talk to the hand: The mobile phone glove that lets you leave your handset in your pocket

With the British winter approaching fast, touchscreen owners are faced with a dilemma – how to use their handset without freezing. However, an enterprising Italian firm has come to the rescue with a pair of gloves you can talk to. The left glove has a speaker and microphone sewn into the thumb and little finger, while the fingertips have a ... Read More »