Open For All: 6 Computer Science Projects From MIT Media Lab That You Can Try Today

Every great educational institution has one common quality – innovation. MIT Media Labs is one center of excellence which promotes multifaceted thinking, and its “prime directive” is to focus on developments which are at the interface of our daily lives and technology. For 25 years or so the boffins at MIT Media Labs have done just that. These six projects may not make it to the Internet Hall of Fame, but they are fun to try out nonetheless.

There are many renowned institutions in the world which are the incubators for the greatest minds in all spheres of life. History knows them with names like Tim Berners-Lee (computer scientist), Noam Chomsky (linguist), Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (astronaut), Richard Feynman (theoretical physicist), James Doolittle (air ace), Kofi Annan (diplomat), just to name a random few. The list of Nobel Laureates is pretty long as well. The one common thread in all those names? Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Every great educational institution has one common quality – innovation. MIT Media Lab is one center of excellence which promotes multifaceted thinking, and its “prime directive” is to focus on developments which are at the interface of our daily lives and technology. For 25 years or so the boffins at MIT Media Lab have done just that.

For instance, did you know that the E-Ink used in Amazon Kindle and other eBooks was a Media Lab invention? Well, I am sure you would agree that the world is a bit different because of that one little invention. These six projects may not make it to the Internet Hall of Fame, but they are fun to try out nonetheless…

Immersion – Explore Your Email Life

MIT Media Lab Project

 

Immersion is an experimental Gmail visualization tool that helps you see the interconnectedness of your email contacts. The tool taps into the email metadata and creates a visual map that tells you at a glance the people whom you connect to more frequently; the amount of emails you have sent and received; the frequency of your emails; the new contacts and how you connected to them etc. The interactive bubble map differentiates your email groups by color and you can dive into individual bubbles and explore them further. You can segregate your interactions with time and analyze how your email habits have changed over its course.

Immersion does not read or store the contents of your email. Once you log-on with your Gmail account, Immersion will use only the From, To, Cc and Timestamp fields of the emails in the account.

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