MIT Media Lab
The MIT Media Lab (also known as the Media Lab) is a laboratory of MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Devoted to research projects at the convergence of design, multimedia and technology, the Media Lab has been widely popularized since the 1990s by business and technology publications such as Wired and Red Herring for a series of practical inventions in the fields of wireless networks, field sensing, web browsers and the World Wide Web. More recently it has focused particularly on design and technologies that address social causes. Since its inception in 1985, many notable spin-offs have grown out of the Media Lab: http://media.mit.edu/sponsorship/spin-offs.