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Here’s How Apptronik Is Making Its Humanoid Robot

Apptronik, a Texas-based robotics company with its roots in the Human Centered Robotics Lab at University of Texas at Austin, has spent the last few years working toward a practical, general-purpose humanoid robot. By designing its robot (called Apollo) completely from the ground up, including electronics and actuators, Apptronik is hoping that it’ll...

IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

IEEE Life Fellow Vinton “Vint” Cerf, widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for co-creating the Internet architecture and providing sustained leadership in its phenomenal growth in becoming society’s critical infrastructure.”The IEEE Foundation sponsors the annual award.While...

Transparency Depends on Digital Breadcrumbs

From the moment we wake up and reach for our smartphones and throughout the day as we text each other, upload selfies to social media, shop, commute, work, work out, watch streaming media, pay bills, and travel, and even while we’re sleeping, we spew personal data like jets sketching contrails across the sky.An astonishing amount of that data is recorded,...

RCA’s Lucite Phantom Teleceiver Introduced the Idea of TV

On 20 April 1939, David Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America, addressed a small crowd outside the RCA pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. “Today we are on the eve of launching a new industry, based on imagination, on scientific research and accomplishment,” he proclaimed. That industry was television. RCA president David Sarnoff’s...

Evolution and Impact of Wi-Fi Technology

The importance of Wi-Fi as the most popular carrier of wireless IP traffic in the emerging era of IoT and 5G continues its legacy, and Wi-Fi standards are continually evolving to help implement next generation applications in the cyberspace for positioning, human computer interfacing, motion, and gesture detection, as well as authentication and security....

How EVs Are Reshaping Labor Markets

One of the most vexing social challenges confronting the transition to EVs at scale is dealing with the effects that governmental EV transition policies will have on millions of jobs across a wide swath of industries. For example, the Biden administration has proudly proclaimed that moving to EVs will be the source of new, high-paying, jobs. President...

Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm

What could you do with an extra limb? Consider a surgeon performing a delicate operation, one that needs her expertise and steady hands—all three of them. As her two biological hands manipulate surgical instruments, a third robotic limb that’s attached to her torso plays a supporting role. Or picture a construction worker who is thankful for his extra...

Why EVs Aren't a Climate Change Panacea

“Electric cars will not save the climate. It is completely wrong,” Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated.If Birol were from Maine, he might have simply observed, “You can’t get there from here.”This is not to imply in any way that electric vehicles are worthless. Analysis by the International Council on...

Here’s How Apptronik Is Making Their Humanoid Robot

Apptronik, a Texas-based robotics company with its roots in the Human Centered Robotics Lab at University of Texas at Austin, has spent the last few years working towards a practical, general purpose humanoid robot. By designing their robot (called Apollo) completely from the ground up, including electronics and actuators, Apptronik is hoping that they’ll...

Curing the AI Way

The Big Picture features technology through the lens of photographers.Every month, IEEE Spectrum selects the most stunning technology images recently captured by photographers around the world. We choose images that reflect an important advance, or a trend, or that are just mesmerizing to look at. We feature all images on our site, and one also appears...

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