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useful inventions

The Military Reinvented the Wheel, They're Triangles Now

A new wheel that Carnegie Mellon scientists developed for DARPA adapts to its environment.
Matthew Gault
6.25.18
iSpy

Carnegie Mellon Helped the Government Access a Terror-Linked iPhone, Source Says

It’s not clear if this relates to the San Bernardino case.
Joseph Cox
3.16.17
video

Carnegie Mellon's 1986 Self-Driving Van Was Adorable

The NavLab was slow and huge, but it provided data that would help pave the way for the self-driving world of today.
Michael Byrne
11.7.16
Hacking

These Glasses Fool Facial Recognition Into Thinking You’re Someone Else

Hack the system with a simple but effective form of camouflage.
Madison Margolin
11.2.16
Interview

The Head of CMU's Robotics Lab Says Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Not Even Close’

A conversation on rebuilding after Uber gutted the top lab.
Jordan Pearson
9.1.16
studies

How to Hack a Normal Printer to 3D Print Coronary Arteries

We’re well on our way to mass-producing functioning bioprinted hearts.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.24.15
Art

Dranimate Uses a Leap Motion Sensor to Turn Anyone Into an Animator

Some of Carnegie Mellon’s best minds made a cartoon duck move with their fingers.
Adam Owen
7.22.15
Features

Andy Warhol's Forgotten Floppy Disk Art Has Been Found

If you've ever had difficulty opening, say, a .docx file, you can imagine the trouble inherent in retrieving files off of Commodore floppies.
Ben Richmond
4.24.14
Motherboard Blog

Fighting China's Pollution Propaganda, with Glowing Robot Kites for the People

Beijing’s got air issues. Dust and fumes blow in from out-of-province factories and the city suffers from the exhaust of more than five million cars. Until recently, officials in the Chinese capital half-boasted that 2,000 new cars were joining its...
Joshua Frank
7.16.12