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2013 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2013 Create the Future Design Contest — sponsored by COMSOL, SAE International, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs) — recognized innovation in product design in eight categories: Aerospace & Defense (new this year), Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Safety & Security, Sustainable Technologies, and Transportation & Automotive. On the following pages, you’ll meet the Grand Prize Winner, as well as the winners and Honorable Mentions in all eight categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thanks to the more than 900 entrants from across the globe who submitted their design ideas. To view the entries online, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com

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2013 Create the Future Design: Machinery & Equipment Category Winner

Fuel Flexible, Ultra-Portable Microturbine Generator Erik Herold, Jason Ethier, and Ivan Wang Dynamo Micropower, Boston, MA A large unmet need in the oil and gas industry is a portable power generation system that is reliable, requires little maintenance, can operate continuously for extended periods of time, and has the capacity to consume on-site fuel. Dynamo Micropower is developing robust, fuel-flexible, ultra-portable, sub-30kW microturbine generators for highly distributed generation in an electrically driven world.

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2013 Create the Future Design: Transportation & Automotive Category Winner

Swift Tram: High Speed Automated People Mover Carl Lawrence, Becky English, Graham Hill, John Murino, Elaine Thorndike, Gaby Aweida, Carl Talkington, Rob Kammerling, Kim Hedberg, Nancy Balch, Ilse Gayl and Ron Gremban Swift Tram, Inc., Boulder, CO Swift Tram is a rapid transit system that will get people from their starting points to their destinations more enjoyably than any other transit alternative available today. Swift’s automated (driverless) system is elevated, completely avoiding pedestrians, bicyclists, automobiles, and stoplights. System operators can offer scheduled and/or on-demand service, which passengers can easily arrange at kiosks or with their smartphones according to the time they wish to arrive at their destinations.

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2013 Create the Future Design: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

The Paradigm Shift in Wind Turbine Technology Glen Lux Lux Wind Power Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Imagine a renewable energy source that can produce energy at a cost comparable to natural gas or hydroelectric generators using fewer resources, while being environmentally friendly. Lux Wind Turbines are expected to cost less than half that of conventional turbines, and can be spaced closer together to extract more power with less land.

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2013 Create the Future Design: Safety & Security Category Winner

Power Fingerprinting Monitor: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez, Jeffrey H. Reed, and Steven Chen Power Fingerprinting, Inc., Blacksburg, VA A cyber attack to a critical infrastructure can have devastating consequences to national security. Yet, solutions capable of monitoring the execution of Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) are absent or deficient. Current cyber security solutions for ICSs focus on patching, peripheral defenses (firewalls, access control, air gaps), network monitoring, and signature-based detection on peripheral hosts (antivirus).

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Ethernet in the Embedded Space

Networking originated from the need to share information. Many of us accomplish such a thing on a daily basis through conversation. For example, think about the typical office framework: you work side-by-side with your colleagues, but also have a manager who will check on the work being produced periodically. You have both peerto- peer and supervisory communication taking place.

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2013 Create the Future Design: Medical Category Winner

Vitalflo James Dieffenderfer, Mike Brown, and Leigh Johnson North Carolina State University, Apex, NC Over 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, and of those, 16 million are between the ages of 18-64. Over 60% of asthmatics own a peak flow meter (PFM); however, only about 35% actually use their PFM due to varying factors. Regular use of a reliable PFM and monitoring of one’s respiratory vitals would create a better asthma management plan, and in-turn, reduce the effects and severity of their asthma.

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