NYU-Poly in the Media

Do Mayors Matter?

  ...The city’s fiscal crisis and rising crime rates led to the election of Ed Koch, who cut spending and talked tough on crime. But Jonathan Soffer’s [of Polytechnic Institute of NYU] new biography of Koch reminds us of the the mayor's complexities. His electoral success was not a...

Robot Fish Can Trick the Real Thing

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new...

Brooklyn Community Foundation Grant Expands NYU-Poly Robotics Outreach Program

To encourage student to take up careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), two Brooklyn institutions have extended their partnership. For this purpose, Polytechnic Institute of New York University has received $500,000 grant from Brooklyn Community Foundation...

NYU-Poly Celebrates Engineers Week on NBC Today Show

More than 3.8 million viewers tuned into the Sunday NBC Today Show to see Rockefeller Plaza filled with robots and signs proclaiming, NYU-Poly Celebrates Engineers Week. The students, Fellows and teachers of the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative, along with Vikram Kapila and founding sponsor...

Ryan Jacoby: The Seven Deadly Sins of Innovation

Leading Innovation: Process Is No Substitute. It points to the tension found in companies between right-brainers (for lack of a better term) espousing design, design thinking and user-centered approaches to innovation and the left-brained, more spreadsheet-minded among us. Now, bear in mind that...

Betaville is Open-Sourcing Urban Planning

Just as every person should have a say in how their government works, so should every resident have a voice in creating his community’s built environment. Buildings, roads, parks, art installations, etc, comprise the concrete fabric of daily life in a given community — and yet, thus far, there have...

Notions of Motion: Hackers Harness Microsoft's Kinect for Business and Pleasure Applications

When Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 debuted in November, it offered a revolutionary way to interact with gaming systems, using only bodily motion as the controller. Already a success in the home—Microsoft says it has sold eight million Kinect sensors so far-controllerless computer interfaces could...

Betaville

“A living city is always in Beta. Let’s play.” That is the tagline of Betaville, a new “open source, multi-player environment for real cities” and the mantra of its developer, Carl Skelton, director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC) at NYU Poly. The Omnibus recently had a chance to...

Building City of the Future And Focusing on Health

METROTECH — “We provide sick people with great treatment,” said Norman Kontarovich, standing behind a tabletop-sized model of a futuristic city where businesses, homes, a vertical farm and a hospital were all connected by hydrogen-powered cars shooting through a system of tubes. “Everybody has a...

Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today launched the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City.  It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the...