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Electronics Category Winner

iPecs Michael Leydet, College Park Industries, Fraser, MI The College Park Industries iPecs® (In telligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Com ponent System) is a medical research device that will provide researchers with a tool to accurately measure human locomotion or gait parameters on users of lower limb prostheses. The iPecs measures forces and torsionmoments that can then be wirelessly transmitted in real time to a PC interface. This wireless capability of the iPecs will, for the first time, allow environmentally unencumbered re search to be conducted outside of the laboratory, providing insight into what a prosthesis user experiences on a daily basis.

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Consumer Products Category Winner

UVA+B SunFriend Karin Edgett, Washington, DC, and Shahid Aslam, Greenbelt, MD About 90% of non-melanoma and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun. About 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and the numbers are rising despite the increased use of sunscreen. However, the good properties of vitamin D from sun exposure need to be maintained.

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Machinery & Equipment Category Winner

Hybrid Rotor Compressor for Natural Gas Extraction Jeremy Pitts and Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Boston, MA Natural gas is a booming industry in the U.S. and represents a bridge energy solution to a renewable energy future. Unfortunately, the key piece of equipment — the compressor — that is being used to extract and process natural gas, uses technology that has re mained fundamentally unchanged in the last century.

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Medical Category Winner

XVIVO Organ Perfusion System Chris Jaynes, Tom Taccini, and Tim Klug, XVIVO Perfusion, Englewood, CO In the United States, only 15% of available donor lungs are transplanted into critical recipients due to the associated damage to the organs from the traumatic death event. The XVIVO Perfusion System (XPS) is a mobile intensive care unit that can repair damaged organs ex vivo (out of the donor’s body) for successful transplantation into a waiting recipient.

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Safety & Security Category Winner

AquaSonus Passive-Sonar Pool Alarm William C. Roberts, Bob Hoenig, and Paula Bailey, AquaSonus.com, Merrimack, NH Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children, and most drownings occur in residential swimming pools. The majority of pool alarms are based on water displacement technology. This technology relies on the waves that result from a child falling into the pool reaching the alarm’s trigger mechanism to sound an alarm. This approach results in a product that responds slowly and is prone to false alarm.

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Transportation Category Winner

Dynamic Aero-Shroud Oscillating Jet Rebecca Farr, Endwell Daso, Victor Pritchett, and Dr. Ten-See Wang, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Applying supersonic counter-flowing cold gas jets of a certain mass flow rate and pressure at the nose of a supersonic vehicle can reduce drag and aerodynamic heating, and possibly reshape sonic boom signatures.

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Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

TO:CMA Spherical Generator Angel Francisco Martinez, Delia Beatriz Martinez, and Trupti Bulbule, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY The TO:CMA Spherical Generator creates copious amounts of clean electricity out of ocean waves at costs below all major existing renewable energy sources. The design is based on the geometrical rearrangement of the Linear Inductance Permanent Magnet Generator (LIPMG). Three rings of concentric sizes and perpendicular arrangement are housed in a waterproof buoy that will transfer the force of the passing waves into motion of magnets. Electrical current is produced as a result of the motion between the wire loop and the magnets in accordance with Faraday’s Law. For synergy reasons, arrays of these buoys will be installed in between wind turbines of offshore wind farms.

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