George Takei — Mr. Sulu in Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek series — is in the second season of his YouTube series, where he leaves the studio and voyages across the globe, exploring technology and trends. In the first episode, he caught up with the research happening at the MIT AgeLab.
Created in 1999, the MIT AgeLab’s mission is to “invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to ‘do things’ throughout the lifespan.” Part of the MIT AgeLab’s focus has been helping auto manufacturers how older drivers react, but also how drivers of any age react to distractions.
Takai “drove” with Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center at MIT. The pair spent time in “Miss Daisy,” the MIT AgeLab’s driving simulator, based on a Volkswagen Beetle.
Based within MIT’s School of Engineering’s Engineering Systems Division, the AgeLab has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, business partners, universities, and the aging community to design, develop and deploy innovations that touch nearly all aspects of how we will live, work and play tomorrow.