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NASA’s “Mindshift” Biofeedback Gaming Technology Mimics Reality

NASA Langley Research Center scientists Alan Pope and Chad Stephens, along with high school intern Nina Blanson, have invented technology to inject stress levels into video games’ controls so that the nervous or stressed shooter is aiming a moving gun at a moving target. The technology, called “Mindshift,” includes a sensor attached to the player’s earlobe, checking the pulse and wired into the control. Sensors also can be attached to the forehead, seeking the facial muscle strain that is a sign of stress, or attached to the player’s partner to inject a social variable into game play, requiring teamwork between the two players.

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NASA Gets a GRIP on Hurricanes

NASA is leading an aircraft campaign to provide a sustained and unprecedented look at the inner workings of hurricane formation and intensification. The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment, taking place from August 15 to September 30, employs three NASA aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea to answer questions about how and why hurricanes form and strengthen. Scientists are flying an unmanned drone, outfitted with 3D radar, a microwave radiometer, and other instruments over tropical systems for up to 20 consecutive hours.

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NASA Issues Request for Intellectual Property MarketingNASA Issues Request for Intellectual Property Marketing

NASA is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) on FedBizOpps (www.fbo.gov/) for no-cost intelectual property marketing. NASA requests information from U.S.-owned organizations interested in providing intellectual property (IP) management services (such as patent valuation, marketing, assessment, and brokerage) to NASA under a no-cost arrangement that could allow for revenue sharing upon license execution. Services may be provided to one or more NASA Centers.

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NASA Sensor Technology in Development to Measure Vital Signs

When undergoing medical treatment, monitoring things like blood pressure and heart rate usually means a variety of wires and sensors will be attached to a patient’s body. But thanks to technology developed at NASA, there might be a better way. A new biomedical sensor incorporating technology pioneered at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, is being developed by a company called Endotronix for measuring blood pressure and heart rate.

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NASA Sensor Technology Helps Boaters

Just in time for summer, NASA-developed wireless sensor technology is giving recreational boaters safer and more accurate readings of how much fuel is in their tanks. The magnetic measuring system also has potential uses in planes, trains, and automobiles.

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NASA Engineers Improve GPS Signal Reception

GPS (Global Positioning System) navigational devices are as ubiquitous as cell phones, freely used by commercial and government users to determine location, time, and velocity. These tools, however, are only as good as the signals they receive. NASA engineers from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, have found a way to improve the reception of those signals.

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NASA Tests Devices to Increase Truck Fuel Efficiency

Saving the nation $10 billion annually in diesel fuel costs may be possible in a few years, thanks to new devices developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and now being tested at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

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