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2014 Create the Future Design: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

ecovent Systems — Make Every Room the Right Temperature Dipul Patel, Yoel Kelman, Nick Lancaster, Shawn Rose, and Brian Bowen ecovent Systems Boston, MA Most homes have only one thermostat, so they operate like a house with only one light switch — everything is either on or off. That leaves some rooms boiling hot while others are freezing cold. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s inefficient.

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2014 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2014 Create the Future Design Contest – sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., Mouser Electronics, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs) – recognized innovation in product design in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies. In this special section, you’ll meet the Grand Prize Winner, as well as the winners and Honorable Mentions in all seven categories, chosen from more than 1,000 new product ideas submitted from 61 countries. To view all of the entries online, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com.

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Jason Moore, Fiber Optic Sensors Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Jason Moore has worked at NASA Langley since 1995. He currently tests and develops fiber optic technologies, including multicore fibers. He is actively organizing ground and flight tests to demonstrate the multicore fiber’s ability to sense structural shape changes in flight.

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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel Internet of Things

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it, all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home that could track minute-by-minute temperature changes and send that information to your thermostat to help conserve energy.

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6U AC/DC VPX Power Supply

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has announced its latest 6U rugged VPX power product — the VPX56-6. Well-suited for rugged military and commercial aerospace applications, the VPX56-6 provides up to 700 watts of power (CC4 temperature range, full load) with five outputs and is compliant with MIL-STD-704F. Other features include current share, remote error sensing and a built-in EMI filter compliant with MIL-STD-461, CE-102 — all within a single slot 1.0″ pitch, 6U package. The VPX56-6 is designed to meet standard 6U VPX mechanical requirements and has VITA 62 compatible outputs and signaling. www.naii.com

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Multi-Function HD Video Tracker

  GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (Huntsville, AL) has introduced the rugged ADEPT4000 compact high definition (HD) digital video tracker with electronic image processing. It is the first HD digital video tracker with the capability to perform tracking, image stabilization and video compression simultaneously in a package specifically designed to minimize size, weight and power (SWaP) in highly constrained environments such as autonomous unmanned vehicles, man-portable systems and so on. Measuring just 64mm x 54mm - 75mm x 75mm including connectors – weighing only 28 grams and consuming (depending on settings) a mere 4W of power, the ADEPT4000 enables a powerful, sophisticated solution to be deployed that allows for a high degree of flexibility in board location. http://defense.ge-ip.com/products/adept4000-automatic-video-tracker/p3742

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Multi-Touch Development Platform

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world’s first Development Platform for 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures. The 3DTouchPad provides 3D gesture recognition utilizing Microchip’s GestIC(R) technology that offers a detection range of up to 10cm for 3D gestures, along with Microchip’s projected-capacitive 2D multi-touch solution supporting up to 10 touch points and multi-finger surface gestures. The 2D multi-touch is enhanced by Microchip’s new capacitive touch-screen line driver, MTCH652. The new 3DTouchPad includes driverless, out-of-the-box features for Windows(R) 7/8.X and OS X(R), and a free downloadable GUI and SDK/API package tailored for developers. http://www.microchip.com/get/RL1J

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