The 2007 NASA Tech Briefs (NTB) and Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards were presented recently by the editors of NTB and PTB at an awards dinner in New York City. The event honored the top three products of 2007 as chosen by each magazine’s readers. Also honored at the event were the winners of the sixth annual Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp.

Products of the Year

Each month, the editors choose a Product of the Month, the one new product that has the most practical value and technical merit for the greatest portion of each magazine’s readership. At the end of the year, NTB and PTB readers were asked to choose the products they feel were the most significant new introductions to the engineering community in 2007. The top three products from each magazine are honored as Product of the Year winners.

Astro-Med of West Warwick, RI, took home the first NTB Product of the Year for its Dash 32HF multi-channel, high-frequency data acquisition recorder. Engineered to capture high-frequency data and transient signals, the unit records up to 32 channels to an internal hard drive at sample rates up to 500 kHz, and a bandwidth of 100 KHz per channel.

The 2007 NASA Tech Briefs Product of the Year winners (fromleft): Mark Knighton, CEO of NextEngine; Jeff Ray, CEO ofSolidWorks Corp.; Peter Nadeau, Product Manager of Astro-Med; and Linda Bell, NASA Tech Briefs Editorial Director.

The award was accepted by Peter M. Nadeau, Product Manager of Astro-Med’s Test & Measurement Product Group. “I’d like to thank the readers of NASA Tech Briefs. We’d also like to thank you on behalf of all of our team who designed, developed, and manufactured this product in Rhode Island. It is made right here in the United States.”

For more information on Astro- Med’s Dash 32HF, click here .

The next winner was NextEngine of Santa Monica, CA, for its Desktop 3D Scanner, a full-color multi-laser scanner that scans complex shapes for CAD and 3D design applications on the desktop. About the size of a cereal box, the scanner connects directly to a PC via USB 2.0. It operates with proprietary MultiStripe Laser Triangulation (MLT) technology that features twin arrays of four Class 1M 10-mW solid-state lasers with custom optics at a 650-nm wavelength.

Mark Knighton, CEO of NextEngine, accepted the award, saying that “When I was an electrical engineering student at UCLA, my professor handed me this magazine called NASA Tech Briefs. It was the enablement of what we were dreaming about and wanted to do. Ever since then, I’ve been a NASA Tech Briefs reader.” He added, “Thank you to NASA Tech Briefs for this great publication, which is sort of the bible for people who create things. And thanks to the readers of NASA Tech Briefs, who we make this product for.”

For more information on NextEngine’s desktop 3D scanner, click here .