Millions of Americans battle anxiety disorders and depression, conditions that sap social ties and leave sufferers vulnerable if they lack a viable support system. Now, a group of researchers with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are creating a private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles, and also find kinship.
While the forum won’t replace professional treatment or therapy, Robert Morris, who created the system as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, said it does show promise as a reliable support for people battling stress. Read MoreCutting through the noiseLuminoso’s new ‘Compass’ tool navigates through online chatter
The sound of social media is more cacophony than symphony. But if you have the right tools to listen, you can cut through the noise. Such is the theory behind Compass, the new platform launched Wednesday by Luminoso, the social analytics firm in Cambridge with roots in the MIT Media Lab.
Read MoreZip itMIT's zipper robots could dress you — if you let them
This is a robot that has an eye for style. In a video released this month, a group at MIT's Media Lab demonstrated how a group of tiny robots can track the rails of a zipper and seal you into your clothing -- and you won't need to lift a finger. Read More
On Thursday night MIT held its first Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship networking reception in the sparse and modern Gagosian-like gallery space of the MIT Media Lab.
The event was organized and hosted by two of MIT’s most prominent women in tech, Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and chairman of Science for Scientists, and Marina Hatsopoulos, founder and former chief executive of Z Corporation. These leading women entrepreneurs, along with keynote speaker Cynthia Breazeal, did not mince words as they took the podium. They were direct about their intention to improve the opportunities for women in tech. And they provided perspectives on running the million dollar companies they founded at MIT over the past few years. Read MoreQualcomm Robotics Accelerator visits Boston to recruit our talent
It's no secret that Boston is a robotics hub. Companies and labs have spawned underwater explorers, robotic gardeners, delivery drones and more. If you can imagine it, it's probably happening. So it was little surprise when the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, passed through the city this week to visit local technology companies and spread the word about its launch in hopes of recruiting up-and-coming robotics startups to apply for its program.
Read MoreGlobal GoodMIT and the shortcut to Nirvana
A robotic doctor built for space travel and a camera that can track your body’s health by peering into your retina are two finalists in the Nokia Sensing XChallenge. Both technologies are built in Cambridge.Read More
Glowing LEDS, geometric silks, 3-D-printed headdresses, and cage-like bras were on display at a science-themed fashion show at the MIT Media Lab this week, each a daring blend of science and style. The garments were the product of a mind-meld between teams of scientists and designers from across the world, as part of the first-ever Descience contest.
Read MoreTwitter and MIT sitting in a treeTwitter invests $10 million in MIT's new Laboratory for Social Machines
Twitter is investing $10 million in a new group at the MIT Media Lab that will study human behavior and events on social media. The five-year grant will come with access to the Twitter firehose, and historical data going back to the first tweet ever sent. Read MoreHub of InventionA look inside the MIT Media Lab [slideshow]