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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones
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What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones

Global semiconductor shortage attracts fraudsters, counterfeits; 'Of course, a bunch of them didn't work,' a buyer says

Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.
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Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping some startups develop another way to pollinate plants, which could increase yield compared with insects and human...

Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
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Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits

A lack of demand prompted Japan's SoftBank Robotics Group to cease manufacturing the Pepper humanoid robot in August 2020, the company said this week.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen
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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries
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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots
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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage
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No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage

Over-reliance on TSMC and soaring cost of old gear limits capacity expansion.

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over
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On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot"...
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