Ori’s Robotic Pocket Closet

The MIT offshoot company Ori is hoping to make small living spaces feel and function better with the help of robotics. Their “shape-shifting” walk-in wardrobe (called Pocket Closet) can be bought online and shipped as a flat-pack to your door. The Pocket Closet is a set of shelves from the outside, but opens along a motorized track to reveal the closet space. The wardrobe is controlled via …

MIT-Developed Atolla Personalized Skincare

Monthly tests and a proprietary algorithm result in fully customized products

Founded by Meghan Maupin and Sid Salvi, with Dr Ranella Hirsch, Atolla brings a scientific method to skincare—removing trial and error, and drastically reducing waste. By using machine learning and a proprietary algorithm, the team at Atolla creates serums that are crafted specifically for each user—tracking changes in skin’s moisture, oil and pH levels due to diet, weather, allergies and more. Currently funding on Kickstarter, the fledgling company is offering …

Quadrillions of Tons of Diamonds Discovered by Sound Waves

Within Earth’s cratonic roots—thick “inverted mountain” sections of rock beneath most continental plates—quadrillions of tons of diamonds rest, well below where we’ve ever been able to excavate or drill. This is according to a new study, led by MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and other universities, that employed sound wave technology to ascertain geological composition. Read more about the method undertaken—and the …