Anne Trafton


AI and Machine Learning August 22, 2023

Arrays of quantum rods could enhance VR devices

MIT engineers developed a way to create these arrays by scaffolding quantum rods onto patterned DNA, which could enhance VR devices.

By Anne Trafton
Environmental Health October 27, 2022

Sensors developed for fitted face masks

MIT researchers have developed a sensor to make it much easier to ensure a good face mask fit and it can be applied to any kind of mask.

By Anne Trafton
Mechanical February 8, 2022

Lightweight polymer material stronger than steel developed

MIT researchers have developed a two-dimensional polymer that self-assembles into sheets and could be used as a lightweight, durable coating for car parts or as a building material for bridges or other structures.

By Anne Trafton
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Environmental Health October 31, 2021

Nanotube-based sensor can detect COVID-19 proteins

MIT engineers have designed a nanotube-based sensor that can detect COVID-19 without any antibody and could be used for other pandemic, improving worker health.

By Anne Trafton
Environmental Health August 9, 2021

Engineers develop COVID-19 saliva test

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a small tabletop device that can detect COVID-19 from a saliva sample in about an hour.

By Anne Trafton
Vision and Discrete Sensors June 30, 2021

Face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection

Engineers at MIT and Harvard have designed a prototype face mask that can diagnose the person wearing the mask with COVID-19 within about 90 minutes and can be used to detect other pathogens and chemicals.

By Anne Trafton
PPE October 22, 2020

Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses

The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.

By Anne Trafton
Robotics September 2, 2020

Robots remotely measure patients’ vitals for COVID-19

Robots can remotely measure patients' vital signs, which could reduce health care workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

By Anne Trafton
Safety July 15, 2020

Engineers design reusable, silicone rubber face mask

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks.

By Anne Trafton
Safety May 27, 2020

Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic

MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

By Anne Trafton
AI and Machine Learning April 10, 2019

Machine-learning algorithms used to make agriculture taste better

MIT researchers have developed a method using machine learning to reveal optimal growing conditions to maximize taste and other features.

By Anne Trafton