New US postage stamp highlights MIT research

By August 2, 2020 No Comments

Letter writers around the nation will quickly have a a laugh and lovely new Endlessly stamp to choose between, that includes novel analysis from the Media Lab’s Biomechatronics analysis crew. 

The stamp is a part of a brand new U.S. Postal Provider (USPS) collection on innovation, representing computing, biomedicine, genome sequencing, robotics, and sun generation. For the robotics class, the USPS selected the bionic prosthesis designed and constructed via Matt Carney PhD ’20 and individuals of the Biomechatronics crew, led via Professor Hugh Herr.

The picture used within the stamp was once taken via photographer Andy Ryan, whose portfolio spans photographs from around the globe, and who for a few years has been taking pictures the MIT revel in — from shocking architectural photographs to the analysis paintings of labs throughout campus. Ryan urged the bionic paintings of the biomechatronics crew to USPS to constitute the way forward for robotics. Ryan additionally created the photographs that was the computing and sun generation stamps within the collection. 

“I used to be conscious that Hugh Herr and his analysis crew have been incorporating robot parts into the prosthetic legs they have been creating and trying out,” Ryan notes. “This imaginative and prescient of robotics was once, in my thoughts, a real depiction of ways robots and robotics would manifest and affect society someday.” 

With encouragement from Herr, Ryan submitted high-definition, stylized, and close-up photographs of Matt Carney running at the crew’s newest designs. 

Carney, who just lately finished his PhD in media arts and sciences on the Media Lab, perspectives bionic limbs as without equal humanoid robotic, and a super innovation to constitute and painting robotics in 2020. He was once all-in for sharing that paintings with the arena.

“Robot prostheses combine biomechanics, mechanical, electric, and device engineering, and no piece is off-the-shelf,” Carney says. “To try to are compatible throughout the confines of the human shape, and to check the bandwidth and tool density of the human frame, we will have to push the boundaries of each self-discipline: computation, power of fabrics, magnetic power densities, sensors, organic interfaces, and so a lot more.”


In his formative years, Carney himself gathered stamps from other corners of the globe, and so the number of his analysis for a U.S. postal stamp has been particularly significant. 

“It is a freakin’ honor to have my PhD paintings featured as a USPS stamp,” Carney says, breaking into a large smile. “I am hoping this feat is an inspiration to younger scholars all over the place to weigh down their homework, and to construct the talents to make a good affect at the international. And whilst I labored insane hours to construct this factor — and in reality attempted to encourage with its design up to its engineering — it is actually the fruits of powered prosthesis paintings pioneered via Dr. Hugh Herr and our whole crew on the Media Lab’s Biomechatronics crew, and it expands on paintings from an international group over greater than a decade of construction.”

The brand new MIT stamp joins a venerable listing of alternative stamps related to the Institute. Previously issued stamps have featured Apollo 11 astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin ScD ’63, Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman ’39, and architect Robert Robinson Taylor, who graduated from MIT in 1892 and is regarded as the country’s first academically skilled African American architect, adopted via Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei ’40, whose paintings comprises the Louvre Glass Pyramid and the East Construction at the Nationwide Gallery in Washington, in addition to a lot of structures at the MIT campus. 

The brand new robotics stamp, then again, is the primary to characteristic MIT analysis, in addition to individuals of the MIT group.

“I am deeply commemorated {that a} USPS Endlessly stamp has been created to have a good time technologically-advanced robot prostheses, and in conjunction with that, the resolution to relieve human impairment,” Herr says. “During the marriage of human body structure and robotics, individuals with leg amputation can now stroll with powered prostheses that carefully emulate the organic leg. By way of integrating artificial sensors, synthetic computation, and muscle-like actuation, those applied sciences are already bettering other folks’s lives in profound tactics, and might at some point quickly deliver in regards to the finish of incapacity.”

The Innovation Stamp collection shall be in the stores in the course of the U.S. Postal Provider later this month.