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The annual Launch Fest in San Francisco aimed to show off new gadgets, including a high-tech police cruiser to a kitchen tool, promising to turn techies into top chefs.

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Reuters (Nov. 4, 2013) — Swiss-based researchers have devised a spherical flying robot that can withstand multiple collisions and continue to transmit live video footage in hard-to-reach environments. The lightweight Gimball doesn't require unwieldy sensors and its inventors believe it could be used to help with search and rescue missions. Jim Drury has more.
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Multitoe: The Room With a 3D View

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Reuters (Apr. 3, 2013) — A high-resolution, pressure-sensitive floor designed to track the movements of people in a room could one day help take care of the elderly, according to its German inventors. Called the Multitoe, the floor applies technology to the pressure and patterns of walking, creating a room that interacts with its occupants.
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Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 27, 2014) — A prototype gaming system being developed by scientists in Austria is taking virtual reality to a new level, allowing gamers to physically walk or run through their virtual world. Its inventors at the Vienna University of Technology say 'The Virtualizer' could also be used to help stroke patients regain their ability to walk. Jim Drury reports.
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TheStreet (Jan. 3, 2014) — Hailing a cab with a mobile device in cities around the world has become easier with the invention of location-based services such as Uber and Halo. Tappsi is not only making it easier for Colombians to order a taxi, it's also making it safer by vetting drivers and using confirmation numbers to avoid robberies and kidnappings. TheStreet's Ruben Ramirez speaks with Tappsi CEO Andres Gutierrez about the start-ups' story and future South American expansion plans at their headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia.
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