iCandy: Connecting the Dots

Gadgets allow communication, location, and identification

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

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Even as the Curiosity Mars rover makes its way toward the Red Planet, researchers from the Mars Science Laboratory are busily refining their ability to manipulate the vehicle remotely. In the photo, a replica of the rover is being put through its paces in the desert near Baker, Calif. The real thing is scheduled to make a descent onto an amazingly minuscule target area on the surface of Mars on or about 6 August.

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