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IKEA robot assembly assistant may just save you some blood, sweat, and tears

Italian researchers have decided to end this IKEA furniture building misery by enlisting the help of a robot assistant that can learn how to help without pre-programming needed movements.

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Smart offers battery rental program, price cut for customers suspicious of EV longevity

While other automakers like Nissan are making lower-end, entry-level models in order to attract buyers, Smart goes another…smarter route and slashes nearly $7,000 of the asking price, if buyers choose to rent the battery for around $83 per month.

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GM and Ford call temporary truce to co-develop 9 and 10-speed automatic transmissions

10-speeds are apparently not just for Schwinns anymore. Defying the Germans, two of the American “big three” aim to push the limits of automatic transmission design and create a 10-speed for future rear-wheel drive cars and trucks.

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Hawaii officials green light construction of world’s largest optical telescope

Permission from local officials sees the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii Island take another important step forward. When built, TMT will give astronomers the chance to peer into the outer reaches of the universe like never before.

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Microsoft smartwatch? Computer giant reportedly gathering components for high-tech wristwatch

It may have been slow to enter the tablet market, but it could just be that Microsoft is already building a smartwatch. A report Sunday suggested the company has been shipping in components for such a device, among them 1.5-inch touchscreens.

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Build your own pair of D.I.Y. headphones with a 3D printer

Step aside Dr. Dre the next big thing in headphones might just come from a 3D printer. We take a look at one designers take on the idea, complete with links to the plans.

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It’s a gas: Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S to compete in 24 Hours of Nürburgring

Could this race-ready Rapide lead to a green production car from James Bond's favorite carmaker?

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Alfa Romeo wants to sell 300,000 cars a year by 2016, new models are in the wings

To reach its goal, Alfa Romeo will need to expand its lineup beyond the MiTo and Giulietta hatchbacks. What will those cars look like?

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Ride shotgun in the high-tech cop cruiser you don’t want in your rearview mirror

Portland Police Bureau officer and patrol car tech overseer Garret Dow gave Digital Trends a tour of the tech that's been loaded into Portland's Ford Crown Victoria (or "Crown Vic") patrol cars.

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Elon Musk baits Texans with Tesla truck plan – and a factory to produce them

Elon Musk says he would consider building an electric pickup truck in Texas. Is he serious, or is he just trying to defend Tesla's company-owned stores.

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Heineken Ignite LED smart bottles are essential frat party accessories

Heineken has unveiled a new design concept at Milan Design Week to make beer bottles more socially interactive. The smart bottles will contain LED lights that illuminate during various motion gestures.

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Google launches Glass Collective to fund Glass startups, Explorer edition set to ship soon

Google is pushing forward with the development of its high-tech eyewear with the announcement Wednesday of the Glass Collective, a trio of Silicon Valley investment groups willing to splash the cash to help build "the Glass ecosystem".

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Virtual reality tools help shape the interior of new Chevrolet Impala

A new GM digital tool kit used to design the 2014 Chevrolet Impala was in part inspired by requests from professional basketball players to make the sedan more comfortable.

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