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Olympic-size innovation in Beijing


In its August 18 issue, *BusinessWeek* shows how companies [are testing out innovative technologies]( at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

[This year's innovations]( include motion sensors to guard against false starts in track and field, GPS systems to locate rowers and an energy-efficient MRI machine at the Olympic hospital, according to *BW*.

Meanwhile the [Xinhua News Agency reports]( that China used some of the same technology to build its spaceships to construct the cauldron holding the torch. The Chinese tested its stability in a wind tunnel.

With YouTube showing Olympic coverage online, swimsuits that allow you to kick faster and microfiber volleyballs giving players a firmer grip, athletes at the first Athens Games would be lost in this world.

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