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MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You
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MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

Oh, IKEA. Your modern and affordable Scandinavian-inspired furniture is full of such promise.

Cheetah-Cub Quadruped Robot Learns to Walk, Trot Using Gait Patterns From Real Animal
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Cheetah-Cub Quadruped Robot Learns to Walk, Trot Using Gait Patterns From Real Animal

Researchers say the Cheetah-Cub robotic quadruped proves that gait primitives from the motion capture of an animal can be adapted to a robot. 

This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around but Stays on Its Feet
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This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around but Stays on Its Feet

The COmpliant huMANoid (COMAN) robot features joints with variable stiffness. 

Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'
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Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'

With each passing day we are becoming more intertwined into the Internet of Things, where each and every object in the world—your clothes closet and every article...

Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones
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Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones

University of Tokyo researchers have developed Kenshiro, a human-like musculoskelatal robot whose underlying structure closely mimics the human form.

The Cosmological Supercomputer
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The Cosmological Supercomputer

When it comes to reconstructing the past, you might think that astrophysicists have it easy. After all, the sky is awash with evidence,

Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons
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Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons

For all their progress, computers are still pretty unimpressive.

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It's Time to Start 3d Scanning the World

When Microsoft was developing its Kinect 3D sensor, a critical task was to calibrate its algorithms to rapidly and accurately recognize parts of the human body,...

3-D Chips Grow Up
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3-D Chips Grow Up

Researchers are starting to build chips in the third dimension, and many industry experts believe that this year the chip will start to become a cube. Building...

The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

The Making of Arduino
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The Making of Arduino

How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works
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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion...

Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites
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Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites

Gravity may be woven into the very fabric of space-time, but some objects seem nearly immune to its pull. Scale something down to the size of a dust particle...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands
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Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands

Kilobots are fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other...

Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers
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Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers

Many computer scientists say the High-Performance Linpack test is not the best performance measurement for the world's top supercomputers. The new Graph500 benchmark...

The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade
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The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade

The January 2011 issue of IEEE Spectrum reviews the most important innovations that came of age in the past 10 years, based on their influence, usefulness, and...

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Telepresence Robot Replaces Editor at Ieee Spectrum

With several companies offering telepresence robots to act as people's proxies at the office, IEEE Spectrum magazine investigated their use earlier this year by...

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

Sign Language By Cellphone
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Sign Language By Cellphone

Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are working on the mobileASL project, which is developing a mobile phone that would enable deaf...
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