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PubPub: A new platform for academic and scholarly publishing

PubPub is a platform that enables the exploration of three core experiments: 1) author-driven publishing, 2) distributed and dynamic peer review, and 3) grassroots journals that serve as tools for curation. Through these three experiments, we seek to uncover new paths and opportunities for collaborative publishing.

The platform, an open and free website, enables anyone to read, write, review, and publish. It provides incentives for data sharing, inclusive peer reviews, and pre-experiment proposals. Features such as rich media embeds, versioned histories, and immediate publishing allow authors to create a more complete picture of their work. The goal of PubPub is to create a space where communities can be increasingly productive and unbound by politics, technical interface limitations (e.g., data limits), and traditional review and reward practices.

The PubPub platform is being used for the new collaborative Journal of Design and Science, a joint project of the MIT Media Lab and MIT Press.

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Reality Editor

Reality Editor is a new kind of tool to empower users to connect and manipulate the functionality of physical objects. Just point the camera of your smartphone at an object and its invisible capabilities will become visible for you to edit. Drag a virtual line from one object to another and create a new relationship between these objects. With this simplicity, you are able to master the entire scope of connected objects.

Press about Reality Editor:
Fast Co.Design

The Verge

The Creators Project

Engadget

Core77

Hypebeast

Creative Applications

Wired Germany (German-language article)

A Camera That Can See Through Walls

Camera Culture Research Group's Time-of-Flight Microwave Camera

Modern cameras cannot see through fog, in the dark, or through walls, making the development of driverless vehicles or better search and rescue equipment difficult. Where visible light fails, radio waves can easily penetrate these obstructions; but, radar imaging devices are complex, low resolution, and unable to image certain geometries and angled surfaces. To address this, the Media Lab’s Camera Culture group has taken a camera-like approach to microwave imaging, resulting in a simpler camera architecture that can capture fuller 3D images through walls.

Where visible light has a wavelength between 390nm and 700nm, the Camera Culture camera sees between 2.5cm and 4cm (much larger). While classical radar imaging devices can perform these tasks, they do so with highly complex systems that are out of the reach of the consumer.

This new radar imaging architecture makes imaging at long wavelengths more accessible, while enabling higher resolution imaging; keeping all electronics in a small 10” x 10” space; requiring fewer detectors; providing better detection of mirror-like surfaces; and providing both multispectral and time-resolved imaging (capturing microwaves in flight).

This new camera can inspect the contents of a box from outside of it; it resolves the contents by capturing 3D microwave images.