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The MIT Technology Licenses Office welcomes companies to get to know us personally. We find it most effective to work individually with a company to identify specific areas of interest. We then bring inventions, which specifically match the company's interests to the attention of the company. With 500 new invention disclosures coming into our office each year, our portfolio is constantly changing. The technologies highlighted here do not encompass our entire portfolio. We therefore encourage companies to keep in touch on a regular basis and also to contact us when a particular technology need arises.
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16879 – The inventors have developed a device that tracks the location and detailed trajectory of radio frequency sources (e.g. RFIDs) moving in 3D space. This device can transform any plane or surface into a virtual touch screen, whereby users can interact with a desired computing device by gesturing or writing commands in the air. This interface can be used to interact with a remote screen, to... Read More
17459 – This invention presents methods and systems for designing and building miniaturized Raman spectroscopic systems for detection of various bioanalytes, including blood glucose from the middle ear vasculature. Raman spectroscopy has been successfully employed to detect molecular species embedded in complex biological samples due to its inherent selectivity, multiplexed capabilities and... Read More
16488 – The inventors have developed a method to turn effectively any object into a visual microphone to enable the detection of sound from afar. Sound signals produce air pressure fluctuations that cause objects in the vicinity to vibrate. This method works by analyzing video recordings of these vibrations to convert them back into a corresponding sound signal. This technology is mainly... Read More
18702 – Memory retrieval by targeted brain stimulation may provide a means to treat the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurological diseases where patients show memory loss. Currently, episodic memory deficits in pathological conditions, for example AD, are treated by medications, such as cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine, that lessen or stabilize cognitive function for... Read More
15194 – The ability to build a higher level representation of a novel biological design from known parts, with flexible protocol automation and DNA expression characterization, is useful in any industrial or academic setting where accurate predictions of the protein expression output of a genetic circuit is relevant to the project design. The ability to accurately predict the expression levels... Read More
18033 – This invention can monitor the dynamic activity of the Eustachian tube by inserting a portable device into the inner ear and simultaneously measuring impedance and pressure within a sealed external auditory canal over a predetermined period of time. The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear cavity with the nasopharynx and plays a role in balancing the middle ear pressure. The opening... Read More
12796 – This invention presents a new paradigm of drug delivery in which ligands, such as growth factors, are delivered with their receptors or co-receptors in order to protect the ligand from proteolysis and to improve proper localization of the ligand. Chronic myocardial disease and peripheral ischemic disease affect about 127 million patients in the United States and are among the leading... Read More
18254 – This technology is a novel multi-material 3D printing process for fabricating functional robots using 3D inkjet-based printers. This new printing capability enables complex hydraulically actuated robots and robotic components to be automatically built, with no assembly required, which allows for the fabrication of complex actuated structures that, assembled manually, would be... Read More
18267 – This technology is a wearable device that aids individuals who are blind or visually (BVI) impaired in safely navigating their surroundings. It uses an array of sensors to extract information about the environment, such as the distance and direction of obstacles, and provides haptic feedback so that the user may avoid obstacles and find open paths. According to the World... Read More
8102 – MikeTalk is a text-to-audiovisual speech (TTVS) synthesizer system that converts typed text into audio and produces an accompanying visual stream composed of a talking face enunciating the text. TTVS systems have applications as visual desktop agents, digital actors and virtual avatars. They can also be used for special effects, and may be of interest to psychologists who wish to... Read More