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3. Jogging drone. Don’t have the discipline to run by yourself, nor any friends to spur you on?Well, jog on… because Australian inventors have developed a drone that will be running buddy and fly ahead of you. A camera on the Joggobot helicopter locks on to excercisers’ T-shirts and they can control its pace via a smartphone app.

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Sci fi became reality this year with Google Glasses - computer-powered glasses that layer email and sat-nav over the real world. But other inventors pioneered even crazier ideas - from a flying drone that bellows encouragement while you jog, to a gun that makes people stop talking using a weird sonic effect.