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Consumer Products Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Winner of an HP Workstation LED Cocoon Tent LED strips are sewn into the tent seams, and the light is turned on and off with a small button inside the tent, or remotely.Stephen Boynton Orem, UT Outdoor camping tents have used the zipper as the solution to opening and closing the tent since the zipper was invented. Even before the zipper was applied, campers used candles, lanterns, flashlights, and finally headlamps to give visibility to the dark shadows of a tent interior. The LED Cocoon Tent is a solution to the issues of jammed, snagged, worn out zippers and low visibility inside a tent at night.

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Safety & Security Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Personnel Beacon/Locator for Mine Workers Joseph Hollmann Spectral Biopsy Kansas City, MO When trapped, miners are instructed to create noise by tapping on surrounding metal pipes and stone. However, rescuers cannot be sure these signals originated from the trapped miners or was another noise source underground. Many miners may still be alive today if technology was employed to signal that they were alive and provide their location to searchers.

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Medical Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) 3D Ultrasonic Neuronavigation System for Image-Guided Brain Surgery Ajay Mahajan Southern Illinois University Carbondale Murphysboro, IL This GPS-like system could help surgeons navigate through the brain to find and remove everything from tumors to bullet fragments easily, cheaply, and with hardly any cutting. The ultrasonic-based locational system was designed with neurosurgeon Sumeer Lal.

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Grand Prize Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Winner of $20,000Litroenergy™, a New Light Source MaterialFrom left: Steve Stark; Michael P. Kohnen, II, inventor of Litroenergy and President/CEO of MPK Co.; and Michael P.Kohnen, Vice President.Steve StarkMPK Co.Champlin, MN A patent-pending light source material, Litroenergy™ contains self-luminous micro particles about the size of grains of salt called Litrospheres that emit light continuously for more than 12 years (half-life point) without any exposure to a light or other energy such as sunlight.

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Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell Blacksburg, VA Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System design employs various methods in order to increase functionality while maintaining normal truck bed usage. The platform has a maximum height of 2", allowing for an ultra-low profile while the rails are not in use. Four lateral adjustments mate with the sidewalls of the truck bed. This feature allows for application in trucks with different bed sizes. The rail gutters are slightly raised off the platform surface to mimic the standard truck bed and simultaneously limit lateral motions of items placed within the rails.

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2007 NASA Tech Briefs "Create the Future" Design Contest

Presented by SolidWorks Corp. This year’s sixth annual NASA Tech Briefs’ “Create the Future” design contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Safety & Security, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Sustainable Technologies, and Transportation. A record 973 entries were received from engineers worldwide. On the following pages, you’ll meet the Grand Winner, as well as the winners and honorable mentions in all six categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thanks to all of the engineers who submitted their creative design ideas. To view the contest entries online: .

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Eye On Innovation

Dual-Use InnovationBy Dr. Udo Ungeheuer Chairman of the Board of Management SCHOTT Mainz, Germany Many people consider the printing press developed here in Mainz, Germany, near the headquarters of SCHOTT, the greatest invention of the last 1,000 years. Yet, many of the key technologies that made the development of the press possible were first developed for other, quite different applications. The screw press originally was developed to press grapes and olives for wine and olive oil. The new alloys that Gutenberg developed for moveable typeface were an outgrowth of weapons and armor metallurgy. The oil-based ink used by Gutenberg was developed for paintings, not books.

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