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Terry Hill, Engineering Project Manager, Constellation Spacesuit System, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

While pursuing a master’s degree in aerospace guidance, navigation, and control theory at UT Austin, Terry Hill got an opportunity to work at NASA JSC as a primary investigator on a project his educational advisor was conducting....

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2010 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2010 Create the Future Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., PTC, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs), recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Safety & Security, Sustainable Technologies, and...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Salim Nasser
Merritt Island, FL

There are approximately 1.8 million manual wheelchair users in the United States, and that number is expected to grow at a rate of 10% annually....

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
BreezeRite Air Filtration Module Rob Luchsinger
Pipe Creek, TX

BreezeRite, an indoor air modular filtration system, attaches to new or existing ceiling fans,...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

High-Flow Lift Pump

Eric Foy

Central Point, OR

Apump is often needed, particularly in the act of...

Articles: Medical

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

IDEA Enhanced Pulse Oximetry

Rodrigo Teixeira, Alton Reich, and Stephen Malin

Huntsville, AL

Stroke volume, or how much...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

Digital Window Distributed Imaging Camera

Ellen Cargill, Peter Jones, and Dennis Purcell

Boston, MA

Scallop...

Articles: Transportation

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

Regenerative Braking Bike Front Wheel

David Swain, Frank Maurer, Jason Moore, and Albert Shih

Ann Arbor, MI

With the...

Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

Sustainable, Durable Bridges of the Future

Ibrahim Al-Khattat

Talacre, Wales, United Kingdom

Alight,...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2010 Create the Future Design Contest Meet the Judges

COMSOL, PTC, and Tech Briefs Media Group thank the following judges for their participation.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Research News: Lighting
New Facility Aims to Make LED Lighting More Natural

A new lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is dedicated to improving the quality of light that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) produce. NIST vision scientists Wendy Davis and Yoshi Ohno and a team of physicists created the NIST Spectrally Tunable Lighting Facility...

Articles: Lighting

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is a mainstream technology now. LED flashlights, traffic signals, and vehicle lights are commonplace, and the push is on to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps in...

Articles: Lighting

All LEDs, OLEDs, and AMOLEDs (light-emitting diodes, organic LEDs, and active-matrix OLED, respectively) are miniaturized solid-state technologies. Some are moving...

Articles: Lighting

Nowhere is the motivation to convert all light sources to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) more evident than at the local home improvement store. Even a cursory glance at the LED bulbs on the MR16...

Briefs: Lighting

Strobe or rotating beacon-type emergency lighting is a requirement on all Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) maintenance and construction vehicles. There is an effort...

Briefs: Lighting

This report describes the process and results of a demonstration of solid-state lighting (SSL) technology combined with occupancy sensors in a set of upright grocery store freezer cases....

Application Briefs: Lighting
Philips Lumileds, San Jose, CA
National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, CA

Abridge lighting project was recently completed in the Chinese city of Harbin, utilizing 1,288 linear floodlights containing...

Application Briefs: Lighting
Ocean LED, Nuneaton, UK
Proto Labs, Maple Plain, MN

Richard Sant, Chief Designer at OceanLED, sought a fast and flexible way to make low-cost, high-quality components for the firm’s latest LED...

Techs for License: Lighting

Current white light generation techniques rely on color mixing from red, blue, and green light. While reasonable red and blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are available for this scheme, there...

Techs for License: Lighting

Scientists at Leiden University have invented novel phosphor materials based on rare earth elements, which have excellent absorption properties in the near-ultraviolet (UV) range and show...

Products: Lighting
Online LED Design Tool

National Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the WEBENCH® LED Architect, which enables novice and expert designers to perform real-time comparisons and optimize complex lighting systems for performance, size, and cost. To start a design, the designer enters desired light output (lumens) and adjusts...

Products: Lighting

The CL Series LED lighting fixture from Selco Products Company (Reno, NV) is designed for 12V-24V DC systems in a variety of transportation and outdoor lighting applications. The fixtures feature a wide operating...

Products: Lighting

A new 70-watt LED power supply from Emerson Network Power (Columbus, OH) is in the company's LDS70 power supply series, and provides constant-current and constant-voltage modes of operation. The power supply operates from...

Products: Lighting

The Nemo is the latest in the SeaChanger line of dichroic color changers from Ocean Thin Films (Largo, FL) designed to deliver a new, energy-efficient class of high-intensity lighting. Nemo has a...

Products: Lighting

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) offers the DuroSite Series LED Wallpack Luminaire. With its low profile and compact design, the powder-coated aluminum wallpack luminaire is fully compliant with all standard ratings and...

Products: Lighting

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) has developed raw materials for highly transparent two-component polyurethane casting compounds that can be used to manufacture lighting strips and other lighting...

Products: Lighting

Ultra-thin light guides from Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) utilize the company’s LED-based edge-lighting technology to provide backlighting for touch-enabled display graphics. GLT’s light guides...

Products: Lighting

The AS1119 LED dot matrix driver from austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) drives 144 LEDs but requires only 9 mm² PCB space, reduces external component count, reduces connector pin count, and requires...

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