The Viral Communications group creates scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness. We have a rich history in proximal and infrastructure-free networks and their applications, as well as in applications that integrate mobile computing with the spaces around us. These include codes embedded in objects and in images that make them self-describing and detectable. In 2013, we introduced a new focus on Ultimate Media (see UM listing.) This multi-sponsor program envisions a unified interface for all visual media, including television, movies, magazines, and newspapers. It is a generalized platform for social and data-driven exploration and creation of news, sports, and narrative experiences.
What Bitcoin has done for currency and BitTorrent for media, Ethos does for personal data.
Exploring new ways to experience media in a virtual world that is inherently social. It connects us with our friends and family, displays notifications from our phones, integrated with social media and more.
Creating an environment for exploration and expression through the world of media.
Glance creates a dynamic, realtime, semantic control over news presentation that empowers the reader.
Learning Media transforms exploration into programming that can automatically, personally, and extensibly build everything from a newspaper to an evening’s entertainment.
Mapping the Emotional Language of Gifs.
A system to assemble real-time newscasts both automatically and interactively.
Arraying news information in depth across alarge multitouch display organized by time, by coverage, and by geography.
A scalable portal to explore, remix, and share an almost infinite array of visual media.
Allowing people to view multiple perspectives of real-time news events aligned by content as well as time.
Video Instrumented Objects: bridging the gap between real objects and interactive media.
Rescales and analyzes media in realtime with frame-by-frame metadata.
A multi touch hemisphere controller that is driven by social and personal data and used for media exploration. By offering a unique experience for multiple simultaneous users it emphasizes the potential of collaboration.
A networked visualization that reveals connections among a universe of broadcasted media.
Air Mobs is a community-based P2P cross-operator WiFi tethering market. It provides network connectivity when one device has no available Internet connection or roaming costs are too high, and another device has excellent network connectivity and a full battery.
CoSync builds the ability to create and act jointly into mobile devices . This mirrors the way we as a society act both individually and in concert.
We explore techniques to integrate digital codes into physical objects. Spanning both the hard and the soft, this work entails incorporating textures, patterns, and passive electronic elements into the surfaces of objects in a coded manner.
SonicLink is a fully decentralized, proximal communication framework for personal devices to seamlessly discover, connect, and interact with arbitrary public installations (e.g. digital billboards).
BTNz! is a lightweight, viral interface consisting of a button and screen strategically positioned around public spaces to foster social interactions.
AudioFile overlays imperceptible tones on standard audio tracks to embed digital information that can be decoded by standard mobile devices. AudioFile lets users explore their media more deeply by granting them access to a new channel of communication.
Grafitti codes allow users to encode a small piece of information into a physical space. It uses accelerometer based paths to unlock data. These paths can be drawn onto any surface with analouge tools (such as marker) and scanned by tracing them over with a mobile phone.
PictureThat is a social game that lets you turn the world around you into a scavenger hunt. Snap a picture of something you find interesting, and challenge a friend to find it.
VR Codes are dynamic data invisibly hidden in television and graphic displays. They allow the display to present simultaneously visual information in an unimpeded way, and real-time data to a camera.
A platform for exploring strategy and expression that creates Chess teams to encourage learning in place.
CoCam is a self-organizing network for real-time camera image collaboration. CoCam automatically joins other media creators into a network of collaborators..
Point & Shoot Data explores the use of visible light as a wireless communication medium for mobile devices. A snap-on case allows users to send messages to other mobile devices based on directionality and proximity.
Creative and productive information interchange in organizations is often stymied by a perverse incentive setting among the members. We transform that competition into a positive exchange by using market principles.
A simple platform to bring the mobile interaction into the social space, from the screen to the world.
An optical magnifying glass to let each person get different information from the same screen.
Andrew Lippman has a more than 35-year history at MIT. His work at the Media Lab has ranged from wearable computers to global digital television. Currently, he heads the Lab's Viral Communications research group, which examines scalable, real-time networks whose capacity increases with the number of members. This new approach to telephony, sensor interconnection, and broadcasting transfers "mainframe communications" technology to distributed, personally defined, cooperative communicators. In addition, he co-directs MIT's interdisciplinary Communications Futures program. Lippman has directed research programs on digital pictures, personal computers, entertainment, and graphics, and he has served on advisory boards of technology start-ups. Currently, he is on the science councils of both non-profit and for-profit companies addressing global information infrastructures. Lippman received both his BS and MS in electrical engineering from MIT. In 1995 he completed his PhD studies at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
|Jeremy Rubin||4 years UROP||2014|
|Polychronis Ypodimatopoulos||MS, PhD||2013|
|Grace Woo||MS, PhD||2012|
|Dawei Shen||MS, PhD||2012|
|Kwan Hong Lee||PhD||2011|
A collection of historical projects, tweets, and memorabilia.
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