Technologies developed by Hollywood filmmakers are finding new life on the factory floor, thanks to Imagility, a company that seeks out filmmaking technologies with potential commercial applications. Automakers now use film-industry lighting to help tape high-speed safety tests; the U.S. Army adapted pivoting camera supports to mount equipment on Humvees; and Boeing and Airbus borrowed Steadicam gyroscope technologies to make heavy tools seem weightless to their operators.

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