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Aural Laureate

Entrepreneur Scott Jones built a better voicemail system and now hopes to do the same for home entertainment

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If Peter Pan had been a technology whiz, he might have welcomed his lost boys to a home like Scott Jones's. The 2500-square-meter English country-style mansion has a 20-seat multimedia theater and touch-screen panels in each room that allow the air-conditioning, entertainment, and security systems to be operated from anywhere in the world via the Internet . The wine cellar has a fingerprint ID lock. And then there's the treehouse in the playroom, waterfall shower, 9500-liter aquarium, and the 8.5-meter-high spiral mahogany slide that runs from the main floor to the lower level.

The house mirrors the way Jones's mind works: practicality overlaid with creativity. He's able to indulge his love of gadgets and playful streak precisely because he's also a savvy businessman and inventor. Over the last 17 years, his ideas have brought him 14 current and pending patents and led to systems that now affect hundreds of millions of people each day.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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