New MIT Museum Exhibit Shows Off Students’ Inventions
Inspired projects by MIT students will be on display through the end of the year.
A smartphone-controlled appliance that grows plants¬†without soil, a tabletop interface that turns everyday objects into musical instruments, and a harp made of lasers‚ÄĒthese are just a few of the projects¬†you will find on display at the new interactive exhibit “Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase” at the MIT Museum.
Inspired inventions made by MIT undergraduate and graduate students will be shown¬†through the end of the year, showing off the immense¬†creativity that the¬†school’s students have to offer.
The inventors hail from various programs‚ÄĒthe MIT Media Lab, the School of Architecture and Planning, Aero/Astro, and others‚ÄĒand their projects span a variety of topics.
Some of these MIT inventions¬†serve¬†very obviously practical purposes. Adam Whiton’s¬†Zipperbot, for example, does what the name implies:¬†the small device uses motors and gears to open and close zippers.
Then there are inventions¬†that tackle larger issues. The MIT Air Quality Network, invented by seniors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program, is a sensor network that collects data about the air quality around campus.
And Beaver Works, an MIT Aero/Astro program, satisfies the public’s recent drone addiction with Locust, a tiny, foldable, autonomous, data-gathering drone launched in swarms from aircraft flare dispensers.
Finally, some¬†MIT students’ inventions simply¬†aim to make life a little¬†lighter and brighter. DrumTop¬†by Akito van Troyer, for instance, is a tabletop interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments.¬†SproutsIO, by Jennifer Broutin, is a smartphone-controlled appliance that grows plants in a soil-free environment, a microfarm that encourages¬†eating local.
Other inventions in the exhibit include simulated satellite control with¬†Spheres Interact, by Elizabeth Qian and Naomi Schurr; the MIT Laser Seal, a harp with laser beams instead of strings; ListenTree, a ficus that doubles as a speaker system, by¬†Gershon Dublon and Edwina Portocarro; and more.
In addition to the eleven inventions on display, the student showcase¬†also includes seven “kinetic art” sculptures from MIT’s “Exhibiting Science” class, talk by MIT Museum director John Durant with instructors/museum staff members Seth Riskin and Allan Doyle.
“Inventions:¬†2014 Student Showcase” will be on display through December 31, 2014. $10 regular admission, MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-253-5927, web.mit.edu.
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