Research Stories

Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry

Tiny device could replace expensive lab-scale equipment for many applications.

How to mass produce cell-sized robots

Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.


A "GPS for inside your body"

CSAIL wireless system suggests future where doctors could implant sensors to track tumors or even dispense drugs.


Novel optics for ultrafast cameras create new possibilities for imaging

Technique can capture a scene at multiple depths with one shutter click — no zoom lens needed.

Sensor could help doctors select effective cancer therapy

Hydrogen peroxide-sensing molecule reveals whether chemotherapy drugs are having their intended effects.

Cell-sized robots can sense their environment

Made of electronic circuits coupled to minute particles, the devices could flow through intestines or pipelines to detect problems.

“Blind” Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

Improved design may be used for exploring disaster zones and other dangerous or inaccessible environments.

MIT engineers configure RFID tags to work as sensors

Platform may enable continuous, low-cost, reliable devices that detect chemicals in the environment.

Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

Wireless smart-home system from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could monitor diseases and help the elderly “age in place.”

A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation

New bolometer is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths.