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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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Software Tool Analyzes C/C++ Code

GrammaTech, a software developer specializing in software assurance tools and cybersecurity technology, received an award from NASA to prototype a specification editing and discovery tool (SPEEDY) for C/C++ code analysis.

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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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NASA-Funded Research Converts Waste Heat to Electricity

Scientists have long attempted to convert the enormous amounts of waste heat generated by power plants, data centers, and cars into electricity via thermoelectric power generators (TEPGs). Scientists know how to convert waste heat into electricity. The problem is how to do so in an efficient manner using a material that justifies the cost of the conversion process.

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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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Vision-Based Robot Design Wins NASA Test Course Challenge

As part of a NASA test course challenge, Teledyne DALSA engineered a winning Miniature Autonomous Roving Vehicle (MARV), earning the company a $350M contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

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