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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.
Our technology is usually early stage and often requires substantial development by the licensing company before a commercial product is ready for market. Because of this, we often find that the best contact person from the company is one who is knowledgeable about the company's science and technology and also familiar with the long-term strategic plans of the company.
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
18125 – The purpose of this technology is to provide a treatment for amblyopia that promotes full recovery of normal visual ability in both eyes for patients of all ages. Amblyopia is a widespread and severe form of visual disability that originates in childhood and persists into adulthood. Currently, the primary treatment for amblyopia involves patching or blurring the vision in the stronger... Read More
12660 – Organophosphates (OPs) are a type of toxic compound used in insecticides, herbicides and nerve agents for chemical warfare. They pose a great risk to human health and the environment, resulting in an estimated 300,000 deaths and casualties a year. This technology introduces chemical compositions for the decontamination of OPs. In addition, the same chemical structures introduced here can... Read More
14663 – Many chemical and biological reactions are "pH-influenced", where the pH of the reaction environment can affect factors such as the speed or products of the reaction. The current technology applies to modulating the pH of such reactions. Current methods of modulating the pH of a reaction environment include the addition of an acid or base into the reaction, or enabling water hydrolysis... Read More
11408 – The current technology applies to the development of improved magnetic resonance systems. Such systems are used in spectroscopy, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). A promising superconducting material known as Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide (YBCO) has demonstrated very favorable properties for use in magnetic resonance systems. These include having a much wider temperature range of... Read More
14268 – Radiation detectors based on Thallium Halides have been found to provide very promising performance — having features such as high stopping power (ability to detect many kinds of radiation) and good resolution (ability to distinguish between types of radiation). However, they suffer from long-term degradation. The current technology describes an alternative design to reduce this issue. ... Read More
15184 – Carbon-based nanostructures (such as graphene sheets or carbon nanotubes) are used in a multitude of applications, ranging from healthcare devices to solar panels. A method of increasing the range of applications for these carbon-based nanostructures is to functionalize them — where specific compounds are bonded to the nanostructure to give them certain electrical or chemical properties,... Read More
12642 – Degradable layer-by-layer assembled films may be used to release therapeutic proteins, drugs, and other biologically relevant material in a sustained and local manner. These devices may function as patient implants, environmental modulators in tissue culture or other biological models, and in general as chemical dispensers. Traditionally, localized polymer-based protein drug delivery... Read More