Book changes temperature or vibrates, depending on the plot

Ever get caught up in a book, to the point where it felt like you had left your everyday world and gotten caught up in the protagonist's experiences? A new type of book could vastly increase that immersion, using temperature and vibration to reflect what's happening in the book as you read. » 1/24/14 9:46am 1/24/14 9:46am

At MIT, engineers are taught that scifi is crucial to do good science

MIT is one of the premiere science and technology universities in the United States. And now students there are being asked to consider the consequences of their inventions — by reading science fiction in class. Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen has a terrific interview with the creators of this innovative course. » 9/20/13 3:40pm 9/20/13 3:40pm

Predictions for the future that will inspire you

The folks over at Steelcase have been asking everyone from school children to journalists to technological innovators to discuss their predictions for the next hundred years. The responses have been excellent. » 5/14/12 2:16pm 5/14/12 2:16pm

MIT Student Turns His Body Into a Computer

The tech world has been buzzing for the past week over an MIT Media Lab student project which converts any surface - including the human body - into a touchpad that controls a mobile computer in your pocket. Using just $350 of off-the-shelf technology, Pranav Mistry created the device for the Fluid Interfaces group… » 2/09/09 3:30pm 2/09/09 3:30pm

An "Emotional Robot" Shows How It Feels — and Is Creepily Convincing

This is a next-generation "emotional robot" named Nexi, who can move its body, hands, and face in a way that suggest human emotion. Created by world-famous roboticist Cynthia Breazeal's group at the MIT Media Lab, Nexi manages to be both weirdly cute and disturbingly emotive. Sure, she "emotes" in a cartoonish way,… » 4/02/08 7:00am 4/02/08 7:00am