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The Velocity Lab looks and feels like a classic Cambridge start-up, filled with researchers developing the next generation of products that will drive digital commerce on computers and phones.

Scribbled notes and pictures along a green writable wall offer clues about the next smartphone application. One researcher wirelessly syncs a phone and a computer — enabling easy access to product information and instant sales — simply by pointing the phone at a flat-screen kiosk.

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