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  • Wicked Smart: Invented in the Hub

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Wicked Smart

: Invented in the Hub

Massachusetts was ranked as the most innovative state in America in 2016 (Bloomberg Index), and the Museum of Science, straddling Boston and Cambridge, is located at the heart of its innovation economy. This new exhibit invites you to celebrate Greater Boston-based innovations and the creators behind them!

 

Particle Mirror

Enjoy a large, multi-person interactive that explores interactive special effects simulations created by Cambridge-based digital media artist and computer graphics research scientist Karl Sims. Use your body to interact with a variety of Sims's special effects and watch and listen as the simulation responds to your movements.

 

RoboBees

A lab at Harvard University is testing new methods for developing tiny, flying microrobots called RoboBees. Learn some of the challenges the research team is still facing in order to develop and control thousands of tiny robots. At the Brain Lab, become an electrical engineer as you balance power, weight, and sensor capability to develop a RoboBee brain. Then, as a mechanical engineer in the Body Lab, evaluate a pop-up method of constructing the RoboBee body. Finally, as a computer scientist in the Colony Lab, you can test a program that controls thousands of virtual RoboBees as they search for and pollinate flowers.

Funded through the National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program. In partnership with researchers from Harvard and Northeastern universities.

 

Freedom Chair

Test the latest in wheelchair technology with the Freedom Chair, a lever-powered off-road wheelchair you can ride in and propel over bumps. It was created by GRIT, a social enterprise startup created by mechanical engineering students from MIT.

 

Daktari CD4 System

Learn about portable healthcare with the Daktari CD4 System cell counter from Cambridge-based Daktari Diagnostics. The device measures CD4 counts in patients with HIV and AIDS and allows patients and healthcare providers to get near immediate results and make vital treatment decisions. You can find the best flow rate to trap exactly the cells you wish to count while letting the rest flow through.

 

G3PD: 3-D Printed Glass

See four glass vessels from the Glass I collection, created with a novel 3-D printer called the G3PD. The custom-designed 3-D printer deposits molten glass in a layer-by-layer fashion, enabling precise control of the structure's shape and the resulting optical properties. G3DP was developed by Neri Oxman and The Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with the Glass Lab at MIT.

 

Cheetah 2

Meet the Cheetah 2 robot from MIT, a biologically inspired robot that looks like a cheetah and is capable of autonomously running, sensing, and jumping over obstacles up to 18 inches high.

Location

Blue Wing, Level 1. Find on map

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