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Google is hoping to improve the online education landscape by helping create a central location for learning online. Working with MIT and Harvard educational initiative edX, Google has launched MOOC.org for 'massive open online courses,' a site that will play host to a number of online courses built upon the Open edX platform.
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have created a Minority Report-style glove and iPad input system for three-dimensional virtual object manipulation called T(ether). The system lets the team use motion tracking on gloves to create and alter virtual items with the iPads used as a point-of-view window to see what the users are manipulating. A demonstration video shows the system having multiple users simultaneously affecting the compter-generated world, both with and without the glove.
MIT researchers have worked out a way to make glass without all the drawbacks in the medium. The 34 page research paper explains a method for making self-cleaning, hydrophobic and extremely clear glass.
Researchers at MIT have developed a software simulation tool that models the performance of multi-core chip designs with more accuracy than previously possible. The software, named Hornet, can analyze a potential chip design concept down to a single processing cycle and find flaws early. This promises to greatly reduce the risk in the costly chip design process.
Google together with MIT has posted an open-source version of App Inventor for Android developers. The early code for the simplified app tool has little supporting text and isn't yet completely open-source, with users not yet having the option of contributing code back. Until then, MIT is promising periodic code updates and has a Google Group for app writers to help each other.
MIT researchers have put forward a paper for a new approach to fast Fourier transform math that could provide a major lift to image compression and other signal processing technology. The new technique, discovered by associate professor Dina Katabi and professor Piotr Indyk, divides signals and looks for "sparse" but strong frequencies within each section of the signal. Since it would only need to sample random details from those sparse signals instead of full details, it could speed up the processing time by as much as ten times, MIT said.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have showed off a camera system that can capture images at an unprecedented visual data rate of one trillion frames per second. The research is detailed in the latest issue of MITnews. At the heart of the system is a streak camera modified with a narrowly slit aperture.
A recently published research paper from MIT in Nature Photonics could lead to a cheap, viable way to make light-based, optical processors. Nicknamed a "diode for light," it would stop the light with an isolator and process the information it holds directly in the same part. It would amount to an integrated optical circuit which, like a silicon integrated circuit, would be more efficient and much cheaper to make.
MIT researchers have found a way to defend against "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attacks on wireless connections. The new security technique doesn't have to rely on passwords as part of the protection scheme. The researchers have only demonstrated the effectiveness of the technique on a Wi-Fi network, such as connections between phones, laptops, cell towers and wireless routers, but believe it would be equally effective for links between a phone and a wireless headset, a medical implant and a wrist-mounted monitor, or a computer and a wireless speaker system.