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Jie Qi

Jie Qi

I’m a tinkerer and life-long learner currently pursuing my PhD at the MIT Media Lab, in the High Low Tech and Responsive Environments groups. My research is all about combining electronics and programming with arts and crafts to creating expressive, imaginative and personally-meaningful technology.

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MIT Media Labbers Amit Zoran and Joe Paradiso have created a handheld, digitally-controlled milling device that attempts to combine the benefits of CAD and freehand fabrication. Read more »


You've likely heard about shape-memory alloys (SMAs), metals that change shape when heated to an activation temperature. When cool, they are malleable and can be shaped like a typical metal. However, when heated to activation, they return to their preset shape. At the atomic level, the crystalline structure of an... Read more »