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Eye On Innovation
2007 NASA Tech Briefs "Create the Future" Design Contest
Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Grand Prize Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Medical Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Consumer Products Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Safety & Security Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Transportation Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Sustainable Technologies Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Meet the Judges, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Contest Sponsors, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Linear Motors and Actuators Meets Automation Needs
Motion Control Components Lend Hand to Biomedical Applications
Thermographic Imaging Selecting an IR Camera with the Right Detector

Who's Who

Dr. Steve Hipskind, Chief, NASA’s Earth Science Division

Products of the Month

Brushless Motor Design Kit
Bevel Gear Drives
Load Cells
Linear Actuators and Amplifiers
Absolute Encoder
PTFE Bearing Liner
Single-Axis Motion Control
Linear Translation Stages
Linear Actuated Sensor
Industrial Joysticks
Mini Bearing
Motor Control Reference Platform
Brushless DC Pump
High-Temp Bearing Materials
Linear Actuators
Precision Tensioning Brake
Clutch/brake Module
Photonics Tech Briefs Announces 2007 Products of the Year
Product of the Month: 1940nm Diode Laser Arrays
Pyroelectric Detectors
Vibration Cancellation System
Power Converters
Digital Potentiometer
Laser Interferometer Kit
Optical Table
Supercontinuum Laser Source
PXIT Modules
Waveguide Optics Design Suite

Application Briefs

Rugged, Flight-Ready Data Storage Selected for NASA Aircraft Project
Software Improves Access to Data at NASA Wind Tunnel Facility
Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device
Linear Rails Bear Weight of New X-Ray Table Apps
Encoder Helps Track Molecular Level Movement

Tech Needs

NASA Technology Needs: An Overview
Tech Briefs

Semiconductors & ICs

Dual-Input AND Gate From Single-Channel Thin-Film FET

Mechanics & Machinery

Tactile Robotic Topographical Mapping Without Force or Contact Sensors
Ultrasonic/Sonic Impacting Penetrators
Miniature, Lightweight, One-Time-Opening Valve
Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

Information Sciences

Supplier Management System
Improved CLARAty Functional-Layer/Decision-Layer Interface
JAVA Stereo Display Toolkit
PyPele Rewritten To Use MPI


Gas Sensors Based on Coated and Doped Carbon Nanotubes
Photochemically Synthesized Polyimides
Hydroxide-Assisted Bonding of Ultra-Low-Expansion Glass
Optimized Carbonate and Ester-Based Li-Ion Electrolytes


Simulating Operation of a Complex Sensor Network

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Fabrication of Gate-Electrode Integrated Carbon-Nanotube Bundle Field Emitters

Physical Sciences

Thin-Film Magnetic-Field-Response Fluid-Level Sensor for Non-Viscous Fluids
Remote-Sensing Time Series Analysis, a Vegetation Monitoring Tool
Data Assimilation Cycling for Weather Analysis
Probing a Spray Using Frequency-Analyzed Light Scattering


Progress in Development of Improved Ion-Channel Biosensors
Activating STAT3 Alpha for Promoting Healing of Neurons
Hydrocyclone/Filter for Concentrating Biomarkers From Soil


Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

Electronics & Computers

Using Transponders on the Moon to Increase Accuracy of GPS
Controller for Driving a Piezoelectric Actuator at Resonance
Coaxial Electric Heaters
High-Density, High-Bandwidth, Multilevel Holographic Memory
Tech Exchange

Tech Needs

Home Exterior Building/Construction Products
Methods to Detect Minute Quantities of Acrylamide in Foods

Tech for License

Unique DNA Signature Identifies Organism’s Species
Finger Seals Replace Brush or Labyrinth Seals