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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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Germany's Multi Rotor Volocopter a "Revolution in Aviation"

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Reuters (Nov. 21, 2013) — A prototype electric 'volocopter', navigated by joystick, has completed its first public test-flight in Germany. Inventors of the VC-200 say their emissions-free aircraft will one day become as ubiquitous as cars on the road. Jim Drury reports.
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'Invisible' Bike Helmet Protects Your Brain and Your Hairdo

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Newsy (Nov. 15, 2013) — Swedish inventors have created an "invisible" bike helmet that's stored in a pouch around the neck and inflates like an air bag in case of a crash.
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Multitoe: The Room With a 3D View

Multitoe: The Room With a 3D View

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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