诞生于MIT多媒体实验室,已经或即将改变世界的9个天才思想

译者 阿森納王子

We may not know what the future holds, but we can take a pretty good guess where it will come from: MIT’s Media Lab. The renowned Cambridge workspace throws imaginative people of different disciplines together and encourages them to learn by building, tinkering, and designing. The new issue of The Atlantic has a feature illustrating the unusual design of the Media Lab’s building, and online we’ve got an interview with the Lab’s new head, Joi Ito, talking about science, art, and the Lab’s collaborative ethos.

我们或许不知道未来会发生什么,但是我们还是很能猜得到未来将被谁改 写:MIT的多媒体实验室。著名的剑桥工作间把一群有想象力的年轻人聚集到了一起,并鼓励他们通过自己制作、熔补和设计来学习。最新的一期 Atlantic退出了一个专题节目来举例说明了这个多媒体试验室大楼不同寻常的设计,我们通过网络找到了实验室的新室长,Joi Ito,和他谈了谈关于科学、艺术和实验室内部良好的合作氛围。

But what do they make there? Below, we present nine powerful ideas born of the Media Lab.

可是在这实验室里他们都做出了什么?下面,我们就要展示9个最强大的诞生于这个实验室的思想。

This cheap, durable computer, developed with the One Laptop Per Child campaign, is now being used by over two million students and teachers in 42 countries.

XO LAPTOP(Xo 笔记本)

这款便宜又耐用的电脑是在“一个孩子一台电脑”活动中被开发出来的。现在这款机器在全世界42个国家中有超过200万人使用。

The E Ink inside Kindles and Barnes and Noble’s Nook allows the e-reading devices to run for days without a charge.

E INK (电子墨水)

内嵌在Kindle,Barnes和Noble’s Nook等读书设备中的电子墨水(E INK),可以让设备连续工作N天不用充电。

This $2 device can clip to a smartphone and give an accurate eyeglasses prescription in just two minutes. Not yet commercially available.

EYENETRA(眼睛度数测试器)

这个售价只有2美金的仪器可以夹在任何一个智能手机上面,并在两分钟之内测出精准的眼镜度数。目前还没有正式发售。

The popular video game is based on an idea for a musical instrument game controller that came from the Lab.

GUITAR HERO(吉他英雄)

这款很有人气的电子游戏就是基于这个实验室提出的乐器游戏理念。

The programmable brick developed at the Lab lies at the heart of Lego Mindstorms, programmable Lego kits that have inspired competitions around the world.

LEGO MINDSTORMS(乐高机器人)

这个实验室发明的可编程式积木是乐高机器人(LEGO MINDSTORM)的核心,全球有很多基于可编程式的乐高装备的比赛。

The PowerFoot closely imitates the internal workings of an ankle and the surrounding muscles, providing users with the opportunity for a natural, easy gait.

POWERFOOT BIOM(生物医学模拟踝关节)

Powerfoot这个仪器很好的模拟了踝关节内部和周围肌肉的工作原理,让用户可以更自然轻便的走路。

A visual programming language lets kids learn about computers programming while creating their own stories, animations, and games.

SCRATCH(乱写乱画学编程)

这款可视的编程语言让孩子们在创造自己故事、动画、游戏的同时学会了电脑编程。

This collapsible car designed by the Media Lab’s Smart Cities team runs on electric power and can park in just the third of the space of a regular car.

CITYCAR(新型城市用车)

这种由MIT多媒体试验室“科技城市”小组发明的可折叠轿车使用电力做动力,并且只需要正常车1/3的空间来停车。

The Media Lab’s late Stephen Benton (1941 – 2003) was one of the pioneers of holographic imaging and video, and his work continues to influence the fields of medicine and art.

HOLOGRAPHY(全息摄影)

已去世了的Stephen Benton(1941-2003),全息成像的先创者之一也曾是多媒体实验室的一员,他的成就到现在还影响着制药和艺术领域。

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