Techs for License
Medical Valves Withstand Magnetic Fields

Parker Hannifin has created design concepts for valves that can be used in MRI-compatible ventilators. The valves, built to work with a variety of medical fluids and gases, are unaffected by strong magnetic fields and, in turn, do not create any magnetic fields of their own. In addition, the valves can be...

NASA Tech Needs
Heat Seal Solutions for Flexible Film

An organization seeks one or more bonding agents that can be dispersed into water. When the bonding agents are coated onto a PET film and dried, the coated film should adhere to and seal items made from rigid PE (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene), PS (polystyrene), PVC (polyvinylchloride), and PET...

NASA Tech Needs
Fast-Cooking Pasta

A large manufacturer of consumer products needs an innovative process to make fast-cooking pasta. Cooking time should be reduced by at least 70%, and thickness/texture of the dry product must be the same as that of the reference shape. Ingredients should be suitable for human consumption. The reduction of cooking time and...

NASA Tech Needs
Diagnostic Indicators on Consumer Packaging

Low-cost, flexible diagnostic indicators must be incorporated onto consumer product packaging. The main focus of the technology should be the diagnosis of bad breath; a printable diagnostic strip on a tube of toothpaste, for example, may be a possible solution for quickly identifying halitosis. The...

NASA Tech Needs
Graphene as Filler for Thermoplastic Nanocomposites

To save costs and reduce weight, a company is exploring graphene as a filler for thermoplastic resins. Work to date has shown that graphene dispersion is generally poor in thermoplastics, leading to less than optimal reinforcement properties and darker color. The manufacturer is specifically...

Who's Who
Steve Gaddis, Program Director for NASA Space Technology's Game Changing Development Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Steve Gaddis runs the newly created Game Changing Technology Development Program Office. Gaddis leads the program’s efforts to develop innovative technologies that will revolutionize space...

Articles : Lighting
The Future Looks Dimmer
The Future Looks Dimmer

Originally fueled by environmental concerns and the steadily rising cost of electricity, the market for energy- efficient lighting has been dramatically accelerated by regulations that will restrict the sale of most...

The Future Looks Dimmer
Articles : Lighting
Specifying Gaskets for Outdoor LED Lighting Fixtures

LED lighting technology has the potential to lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs on outdoor installations such as area lighting and parking lights, street lights and other “difficult to reach” outdoor locations. When operating in controlled temperatures and weatherproof...

Briefs : Lighting
Efficient Optical Spectroscopy of Single Solid-State Quantum Emitters

Devices such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers are typically based upon the accumulated emission from a large number of gas phase atoms, ions in solids, electron-hole pairs in semiconductors, or other fluorescence centers. In such macroscopic devices, the behavior of...

Briefs : Lighting
'Metamaterials,' Quantum Dots Show Promise for New Technologies

Researchers are edging toward the creation of new optical technologies using "nanostructured metamaterials" capable of ultra-efficient transmission of light, with potential applications including advanced solar cells and quantum computing.

Articles : Lighting
Researchers Study How to Avoid Charge Traps in Plastic Electronics

Plastic electronics hold the promise of cheap, mass-produced devices. But plastic semiconductors have an important flaw – the electronic current is influenced by “charge traps” in the material. These traps, which have a negative impact on plastic light-emitting diodes and...

Articles : Lighting
New ‘Spintronic’ LED Technology Promises Brighter TV and Computer Displays

Physicists at the University of Utah have invented a new “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode (OLED) that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic...

Articles : Lighting
Organometallic Materials with Unique Optical Properties

Scientists at North Dakota State University have recently developed a family of novel organometallic materials that have unique optical properties that make it ideal for use in optical switches, organic light emitting devices (OLED), and optical sensors.

Techs for License : Lighting
Device Structure for High Efficiency LED

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have developed a novel device structure that reduces light absorption inside an LED, enables uniform light emission from the active layer, and reduces light reflections occurring repeatedly inside the LED, thus increasing the overall...

Application Briefs : Lighting
World’s Largest LED Media Sign Debuts In Las Vegas
World’s Largest LED Media Sign Debuts In Las Vegas

Branded Cities Network (“BCN”), a division of Phoenix, AZbased EL Media Holdings USA, LLC, announced an exclusive representation agreement to sell digital advertising and integrated...

World’s Largest LED Media Sign Debuts In Las Vegas
Products : Lighting
LED Lamp

LEDnovation (Tampa, FL) has expanded its EnhanceLite® MR16-35L Landscape line to include a 24° narrow-flood beam angle. The MR16-35Ls are comparable replacements for 35-watt halogen lamps. Designed for use in IP66 rated outdoor fixtures, the EnhanceLite® MR16-35L lamp produces light at a color temperature of 3000K. Other features...

Products : Lighting
LED Drivers
LED Drivers

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has announced an LED-driver reference design for high-power LED bulb replacement. The driver delivers the power required for a 100W incandescent bulb replacement in an A19 form factor. The...

LED Drivers
Products : Lighting
Thermal Protection Devices
Thermal Protection Devices

TE Circuit Protection (Menlo Park, CA), a business unit of TE Connectivity, has announced AC-rated and DC-rated Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) devices, which feature a temperature open (Topen) value of 140°C....

Thermal Protection Devices
Products : Lighting
Phase-Dimmable LED Driver

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has introduced a new LED controller with constant power regulation. The LM3447 AC/DC LED driver includes a dimmer detect, phase decoder and adjustable hold current circuits to provide smooth and flicker-free dimming operation in off-line, isolated LED lighting applications.

Products : Lighting
LED Luminaires
LED Luminaires

MaxLite® (West Caldwell, NJ) has introduced a number of new outdoor LED fixtures. New additions to the company’s exterior lighting line will include: induction lighting; small LED floods; LED parking area lights and large...

LED Luminaires
Products : Lighting
LED Molding and Extrusion Compounds
LED Molding and Extrusion Compounds

Evonik Cyro LLC (Parsippany, NJ) recently announced the launch of ACRYLITE® LED, molding and extrusion compounds designed specifically for LED lighting applications. By offering ACRYLITE® LED in both...

LED Molding and Extrusion Compounds
Products : Lighting
Floodlight Wash Fixture

The EcoSpec Floodlight Wash from EcoSense (New York, NY) is an ultra-bright white light fixture designed for indoor and outdoor architectural use. Like all EcoSense fixtures, the EcoSpec Floodlight Wash is RoHS compliant and lead- and mercury-free. It features powerful, energy-efficient LEDs along with precision constant...

Products : Lighting
High Bay LED Fixtures
High Bay LED Fixtures

Albeo Technologies (Boulder, CO) recently announced that its H-Series LED high bay is now fully listed on the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (QPL). The consortium is the premier agency for...

High Bay LED Fixtures
Products : Lighting
LED Driver Catalog

Thomas Research Products (Huntley, IL) has released a revised and expanded version of its LED driver catalog. The extensive line of LED drivers listed in the catalog range from 12 through 300 watts. Constant-current, fixed-output and dimming, as well as constant-voltage versions are included. All are UL 1310 or 8750 compliant,...

Podcasts
Steve Gaddis, Program Director for NASA Space Technology's Game Changing Development Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Steve Gaddis runs the newly created Game Changing Technology Development Program Office. Gaddis leads the program’s efforts to develop innovative technologies that will revolutionize space...

Question of the Week
Would You Wear a "Smart" Wristwatch?

Smartphone capabilities have extended, even to the wristwatch. Companies like Apple, Nike, Sony, as well as other startups, have created new wrist devices that connect to an individual’s smartphone. Most display the time, but the bands also provide information that keeps users from having to take out their...

News : Electronics & Computers
Starting Point for Overcoming Barrier to Fusion Power

The accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion power, which was developed by physicist Robert Goldston of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been confirmed. Goldston’s model predicts the width of what physicists...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Promoting Virtual Power Plants for Efficient Renewable Energy Production
Promoting Virtual Power Plants for Efficient Renewable Energy Production

Researchers from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton have devised a novel method for forming virtual power plants...

Promoting Virtual Power Plants for Efficient Renewable Energy Production
Question of the Week
Do Personalized Learning Methods Show Promise in Remaking Education?

As the school season arrives, an increasing number of students will be studying through Internet-based systems. An NYC-based company called Knewton, for example, uses an adaptive learning technique that tracks learners' progress and shadows their online activities as they work....

Question of the Week
Will We See a Greater Use of Robots in Homes and Offices?

Robots like the PR2, from the Menlo Park, CA-based Willow Garage, perform a variety of tasks: bringing objects to people, opening doors, and even folding laundry. And while companies including iRobot create technologies to take care of minor jobs such as cleaning floors and pools, others...