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2014 Create the Future Design: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner

The Polariton Interferometer — A Novel Inertial Navigation System Frederick Moxley Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Chances are, you have been routed incorrectly by your Global Positioning System (GPS), but many of us would be lost without GPS navigation. GPS technology relies on a combination of signals from a complex satellite and ground station network. This is problematic in aerospace and defense, as GPS signal jamming is prevalent. Other technologies, such as Inertial Navigational Systems (INS), can operate independently from GPS satellites, but rely on GPS satellites to correct measurement errors. These errors are often due to limitations of an interferometer device within the system, known as a gyroscope.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Machinery/Automation/Robotics Category Winner

Automatic Eye Finder & Tracking System Rikki Razdan, Alan Kielar, Pat Stearns, and Melissa White ISCAN Inc. Woburn, MA The intrinsic speed and precision of the human ocular-motor system makes the eye an ideal pointing device for human-machine interface. Eye tracking has not yet been exploited as a robust human interface with computers due to many technical problems, such as viewing a human face under real-world conditions, robustly identifying the eyes over a diverse population range, and the complexity of the real-time image processing tasks involved. Conventional high-accuracy eye tracking systems require the presence of an operator, and/or require the user to use a chin rest or wear an identifying marker so the eye tracking system can find the user’s eyes.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Automotive & Transportation Category Winner

Continuously Variable Displacement (CVD) Engine Steve Arnold Engine Systems Innovations, Inc. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Passenger car engines are sized to produce very high horsepower to suit the consumer’s demand for drivability and performance. Unfortunately, engines run most efficiently at high load conditions and very inefficiently at the low loads where they spend most of their time. This results in poor fuel economy and high CO2 emissions.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Consumer Products Category Winner

NanoFab Lab … In a Box!™ Michael Zach, Anirudha Sumant, and Jonathan Moritz EChem Nanowires Stevens Point, WI NanoFab Lab … In a Box!™ is a shoebox-sized kit that allows high school students to manufacture hi-tech patterned nanowires in the classroom. The educational kit provides a connection between the students’ curriculum and the emerging field of nanotechnology and nano manufacturing. Unlike traditional nanomanufacturing, this technology is a simple electroplating bath, power supply, and reusable Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Template (UDT) electrodes, designed to produce any pattern desired.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Electronics Category Winner

A Paradigm Shift for SMT Electronics: Micro-Coil Springs Interconnection for Ceramic and Plastic Grid Array Packaged Integrated Circuits Jim Hester and Mark Strickland NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL Micro-coil springs (MCS) provide flexible electrical interconnections and allow significant movement in the x, y, and z axes to counteract the thermal expansion and dynamic forces between a microcircuit and a printed circuit board. Micro-coil springs are able to withstand harsh thermal and vibration environments significantly better than the current state of the art.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Medical Category Winner

HemeChip for Early Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease Yunus Alapan, Ryan Ung, Megan Romelfanger, Asya Akkus, Connie Piccone, Jane Little, and Umut Gurkan Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH The Hemoglobin-Electrophoresis Biochip (HemeChip) can rapidly, easily, and conclusively identify the hemoglobin type in blood to diagnose Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in newborns. The HemeChip can accurately identify hemoglobin type in a drop of blood. The ultimate goal is to reduce the footprint of hemoglobin screening for newborns down to the size of a credit card via HemeChip, which can be easily carried in a pocket together with a smartphone for mobile analysis.

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2014 Create the Future Design: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

ecovent Systems — Make Every Room the Right Temperature Dipul Patel, Yoel Kelman, Nick Lancaster, Shawn Rose, and Brian Bowen ecovent Systems Boston, MA Most homes have only one thermostat, so they operate like a house with only one light switch — everything is either on or off. That leaves some rooms boiling hot while others are freezing cold. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s inefficient.

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