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Rebooting Manufacturing

Smarter, safer robots could expand automation to new areas of ­production work and help many manufacturers regain a competitive edge against those using low-cost labor.

Three Questions for iRobot’s CTO Paolo Pirjanian

The Roomba maker is working on technology that could enable robots to help with more household chores.

Why Google’s Modular Smartphone Might Actually Succeed

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services.

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.

Say Hello to Microsoft’s Answer to Siri

Microsoft’s new personal assistant includes features found in Apple and Google’s own virtual helpers.

The Latest Chat App for iPhone Needs No Internet Connection

A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.

What Zuckerberg Sees in Oculus Rift

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.

How Advanced Mobile Networks Could Power Themselves

Cellular networks guzzle electricity and diesel fuel, but researchers are showing how new versions could be cleaner but still reliable.

Apps by the Dashboard Light

New cars will soon come with high-bandwidth connections and app stores.

SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster

SpaceX’s reusable booster rocket, the first of its kind, could pave the way for radically cheaper access to space.

A New Push to Solve Wireless Charging

Device-makers align around a wireless charging technology that works through tables to charge multiple devices—and it’s expected in products later this year.