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Computing Archive

  • The Robots Are Coming

    Robots that can climb stairs, crawl over ditches, survive three-story falls–and pester people who ignore your e-mails.

  • Reconfigurable Robots

    PARC’s Mark Yim shows off his robots, which reassemble themselves to slink like snakes, roll like wheels or scamper like lizards.

  • Haptics

    A glove and mechanical assembly let you feel the unreal.

  • Why Missile Defense Won't Work

    From the archives: An MIT expert on national security technology tells us why the current missile defense project won’t ever be able to do its job–and offers a better alternative (from the April, 2002 issue).

  • Motorola's Superchip

    Silicon is cheap; “compound semiconductors” are fast. Combining the two could yield cheaper cell phones and DVD players.

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