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Imaging Software Provides Access to Critical Mission Images Across NASA

Presto Imaging Software Inmagic Woburn, MA 781-287-6277 www.inmagic.com With every space shuttle mission, hundreds of individuals across NASA need to access extensive photographs, video footage, and other imaging assets in order to monitor launch results, review design decisions, and ensure mission safety. Additional video footage and still images shot on orbit enables NASA engineers to compare pre-flight and in-flight images in order to assess functionality and highlight areas that warrant further scrutiny. Until recently, only the Image Analysis Team (IAT) staff could view these baseline images, and sometimes with delays due to the complexity of accessing them.

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Taking Advantage of Parallel Parametric Testing

The production of many electronic devices begins with wafer processing. In addition to complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits (ICs), this can include such diverse devices as radio frequency (RF) components based on III-V compounds and chemical detectors based on carbon nanotube (CNT) field effect transistors (FETs). In both R&D and production applications, there is a great deal of effort devoted to increasing device test throughput in order to shorten the time to market and reduce costs.

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinar

Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment generates more local heat because of the higher speeds and loads in smaller components. Traditional lubricants that may have worked in the past often fail in the next-generation component causing delays in product launch or significant customer dissatisfaction during use. By using premium, high-performance synthetic lubricants, improved performance and extended life can be achieved. Sponsored by DuPont, NASA Tech Briefs presents this FREE webinar, which will: - Review characteristics of true high-temperature/high-performance lubricants. - Describe applications that have benefited from improved lubrication performance. Click here for more info and to register.

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Innovative design ideas are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies. Co-sponsored by COMSOL Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the sixth annual contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000, and six First Prizes (one from each category) of Hewlett-Packard engineering workstations. Entrants may elect to have their entry posted on the contest Web site, and the 10 most-visited entries will each be awarded $250. All qualified entrants will receive a Create the Future Design Contest T-shirt. All entries must be received by October 15, 2007, so submit your design idea today. Go here for guidelines and the official entry form.

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from August's first-time advertisers. Light Machinery (Ottawa, ON, Canada) produces wafers, etalons, prisms, beam splitters, windows, and other flat optic products, as well as the FJP-1150 fluid jet polishing machine to make your own flat optics. For free sample processing, visit here. Placid Industries (Lake Placid, NY) supplies magnetic particle brakes and clutches, hysteresis and custom brakes, power supplies, sensors, potentiometers, and couplings. Stoffel Polygon Systems (Tuckahoe, NY) specializes in machining polygons on customers' parts, or manufacturing complete parts. The company offers three-lobe polygons that are self-centering, and four-lobe polygons that slide under torque loads. Tapeswitch Corp. (Farmingdale, NY) offers ribbon switches and specialty switch products such as linear switches, flex-actuated switches, touch pads and sensing cells, foot and hand switches, and large-area switches. Yaskawa Electric America (Waukegan, IL) offers "mechatronics" products encompassing electronics, mechanics, and controls. They serve the packaging, semiconductor, material handling, plastics and rubber, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, and many more industries.

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Tech Needs of the Week

A manufacturer is looking for a detector array for the infrared region to detect two-dimensional radiation patterns. The sensor should have 1000 x 1000 pixels (or at least 512 x 512 pixels), which are individually addressable. The detector array is comparable to a high-speed CCD chip, but must have high sensitivity in the infrared around 1,300 nm. The detector should have a spectral sensitivity of 800 to 2,000 nm, with best performance at 1,200 to 1,400 nm. Click here to respond to this Tech Need. A company is seeking technologies to increase functionality of LCD displays. Of special interest are newly developed materials with unique optical characteristics that may lead to future cost reductions. These technologies include thin-film polarizers, high-modulus coating solutions, cross-link-free adhesives, and submicron structures. New and different properties within backlight units for LCDs are sought. Click here to respond to this Tech Need. The Technology Needs of the Week are anonymous requests for technology, distributed through the yet2.com marketplace, that you and your organization may be able to fulfill. Responding to a Tech Need is the first step to gaining an introduction with a prospective "buyer" for your technology solution.

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Smart Medical Devices

The qualities that we expect in our cell phones and PDAs -- anytime connection and low-cost, widely available devices -- soon may become common in health-care devices at home and in doctors' offices. The University of Florida (UF) and IBM have developed a new technology that creates a roadmap for widespread commercial development of "smart" medical devices. These devices could take a person's blood pressure, temperature, or respiration rate the minute a person steps into his or her house, then transmit it immediately and automatically to doctors or family, eliminating the need for some doctors' visits. The technology differs from telemedicine in that it provides the technological roadmap that makes it easy for companies to make and sell the devices. With $60,000 in research funding from IBM, the UF team designed middleware that can give this and any similar health-aid devices independence and connectivity. The software is based on open standards. The hardware component is an inexpensive sensor platform half the size of a business card that enables information to be available on a computer network. The technology may be useful in other medical settings such as emergency rooms. Rather than a standard waiting list, patients could be equipped with networked wireless monitors of their vital signs, allowing doctors to determine who in a waiting room needs the most immediate care. Visit here for more info.

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