Touring the MIT Media Lab during Emtech 2011

MIT Media Lab a beehive of activity that includes robotics, holograms, opera and more

I visited the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., yesterday for the first time while attending Technology Review's annual and excellent Emtech event (my takeaways from the event here).

The building opened last year and boasts open work spaces, robots and other gadgets everywhere, and glass walls to keep things out in the open and to encourage researchers in different disciplines to interact.

Among the 25 different groups conducting basic research and building prototypes at the lab is Camera Culture, which I could definitely stand to learn a thing or two from. Here are some shaky snapshots taken with my BlackBerry camera while on the tour. Photos include a giant Lego-built Scratch the Cat, who is the mascot for MIT's easy-to-use Scratch programming language, and a mood meter that can tell when you're smiling or not.

MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
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