Hive was a general toolkit for building distributed systems. At The Media Lab we focused primarily on using Hive as the software infrastructure for rapidly creating different demonstrations of our research and interlinking them. Hive was used by media lab researchers to support application-level networking things and concepts.
Hive is a distributed agents platform, a decentralized system for building applications by networking local system resources
At the MIT Media Lab, researchers toy with wearable beads and flashing orbs in their efforts to understand complex, self-organizing networks.