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Grand Prize Winner, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

Integrated Motor/Pump David A. TorreyWinner of a hybrid automobile or $20,000 Designed by:David A. Torrey, Ph.D., P.E. Advanced Energy Conversion LLC Malta, NY There is tremendous interest today in reducing the parasitic losses in engineered vehicle systems in order to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. This is particularly true in mobile systems, where efficiency improvements are directly translated into reduced size, reduced weight, increased range, and simplified logistics. Advanced Energy Conversion (AEC) has developed a highly integrated fluid pump that can be an important element in advancing the state of the art in fluid handling for high-performance applications.

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Current Attractions

Each month, NTB highlights tech briefs related to a particular area of technology in a special section known as Technology Focus. Here's an Insider look at the April focus on Sensors. Wearable Environmental and Physiological Sensing Unit Developed at NASA™s Ames Research Center, the wearable environmental and physiological sensing unit (WEPS) is a prototype of systems to be worn by emergency workers to increase their level of safety. The WEPS includes sensors that measure a few key physiological and environmental parameters, a microcontroller unit that processes the digitized outputs of the sensors, and a radio transmitter that sends the processed sensor signals to a computer in a mobile command center. (Page 28)

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Emhart Teknologies Presents “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest Winners

Creating the future is about change, creativity, and risk - the core building blocks that foster innovation. For the past five years, Emhart Teknologies has partnered with NASA Tech Briefs in challenging the engineering community through our “Create the Future” Design Contest. The worldwide engineering community’s response to the challenge surpassed our expectations once again. To encourage and recognize outstanding innovation in product design, the “Create the Future” design contest seeks to foster innovation in the categories of everyday products, safety, transportation, and medical. These categories were selected because they are areas where innovation can significantly improve the quality of our lives at home, work, recreation, or when we travel. Submitting an entry to the contest required commitment and attention to detail. Our panel of expert judges carefully scrutinized drawings, written descriptions, and all information that was relevant to the idea.

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Technologies of the Week

A multilayer plastic film is available that meets the specifications required for flexible food packaging. View this technology here.

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Innovation in 3D PDF

Michael KaplanBy Michael Kaplan Director of Engineering Adobe Acrobat Adobe Systems Inc. San Jose, CA When I started graduate studies in 3D computer graphics in 1978, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. I still remember my shock the first time I saw a real-time 3D vector graphics system. That quick glimpse of the future changed my life. The next day I applied to the Masters Program at the Cornell Program of Computer Graphics, and I’ve been working full-time on real-time 3D graphics ever since.

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Laser Scanning System Helps Validate Method for Repairing Space Shuttle Heat Shield

SLP-330 Laser Scanning Probe Laser Design Minneapolis, MN 952-884-9648 www.laserdesign.com The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia because of damage to its thermal protection system (TPS) during launch spurred a search for methods of repairing the TPS in space; specifically, repairing the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) material used to protect the nose cap and wing leading edge panels that experience the most extreme heating — more than 3,000° F — during the return to Earth. In testing possible repair methods, it is critical to accurately measure the complex freeform 3D RCC panel shape after the damage, after the repair, and after tests that simulate re-entry. NASA used the SLP-330 laser scanning probe from Laser Design, integrated with Romer portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) arms for this task.

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