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Why We Can't Solve Big Problems

Has technology failed us?

Mobile Gadgets That Connect to Wi-Fi without a Battery

Simple devices that can link up via Wi-Fi but don’t need batteries could make it easier to spread computing throughout your home.

Using Your Ear to Track Your Heart

Although smart watches and fitness bands are proliferating on wrists, there could be an even better spot on the body for wearable tech.

A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

A prototype sensor saves power by using transistors that never fully turn “on.”

Startup Wants You to Capture the World in 3-D

Mantis Vision is developing 3-D scanning technology that could end up in lots of tablets.

Why Household Gadgets Are Using Less Power

New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.

LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.

Cheap and Nearly Unbreakable Sapphire Screens Come into View

Apple may soon start selling scratch-proof iPhones with sapphire screens. Here’s how to bring sapphire to almost all portable electronics.

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

Super-Dense Computer Memory

Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

Researchers are developing technology that can adjust an image on a display so you can see it clearly without corrective lenses.