NASA Spinoff

Consumer, Home, and Recreation

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life
Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life

NASA Technology

Imagine yourself in the cramped cockpit of the Apollo spacecraft heading to the moon. Look around to see Earth out one window and stars lighting...

Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Light-Induced Oxidation Cleans Air, Surfaces, Clothes
Light-Induced Oxidation Cleans Air, Surfaces, Clothes

NASA Technology

In late 2015 and early 2016, while Southern California Gas workers struggled for months to stop a natural gas leak from a well at Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles,...

Light-Induced Oxidation Cleans Air, Surfaces, Clothes
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Ferrofluid Technology Becomes a Magnet for Pioneering Artists
Ferrofluid Technology Becomes a Magnet for Pioneering Artists

NASA Technology

In 2008, when Nikola Ilic came across an online video of moving ferrofluid sculptures by Japanese artist Sachiko Kodama, with black liquid rising into...

Ferrofluid Technology Becomes a Magnet for Pioneering Artists
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
The Martian Garden Recreates Red Planet’s Surface
The Martian Garden Recreates Red Planet’s Surface

NASA Technology

After the Phoenix lander settled into the northern polar region of Mars in 2008, its operators discovered that icy soil scraped from the planet’s surface was...

The Martian Garden Recreates Red Planet’s Surface
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Aerogel Insulation Makes Thinner, Warmer Outerwear
Aerogel Insulation Makes Thinner, Warmer Outerwear

NASA Technology

When Michael Markesbery, future cofounder of Oros, climbed the tallest mountain in the Swiss Alps with friends, he was bundled up with so many bulky layers he...

Aerogel Insulation Makes Thinner, Warmer Outerwear
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Space-Grade Insulation Keeps Beer Colder on Earth
Space-Grade Insulation Keeps Beer Colder on Earth

NASA Technology

A class of insulation invented to help NASA with a range of daunting tasks, from storing liquid hydrogen or helium to insulating spacecraft and keeping astronauts...

Space-Grade Insulation Keeps Beer Colder on Earth
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
High-Efficiency LEDs Grow Crops, Stimulate Alertness
High-Efficiency LEDs Grow Crops, Stimulate Alertness

NASA Technology

NASA harnesses the power of light for purposes as varied as laser communications, 3D mapping of land surfaces, and spectroscopy to determine the composition of...

High-Efficiency LEDs Grow Crops, Stimulate Alertness
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Paired Sleep Tracker, Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Paired Sleep Tracker, Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms

NASA Technology

Lack of sleep could be costing the U.S. economy around $411 billion a year, according to a 2016 estimate by the RAND Corporation. That same year,...

Paired Sleep Tracker, Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
CMOS Sensors Enable Phone Cameras, HD Video
CMOS Sensors Enable Phone Cameras, HD Video

NASA Technology

“People told me, ‘You’re an idiot to work on this,’” Eric Fossum recalls of his early experiments with what was at the time an alternate form of digital image...

CMOS Sensors Enable Phone Cameras, HD Video
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Novel Threading Enables New Approach to Golf Clubs
Novel Threading Enables New Approach to Golf Clubs

NASA Technology

NASA scientists routinely pioneer advances in cutting-edge fields like lasers and computer chips, but sometimes it’s the innovations they make in simple...

Novel Threading Enables New Approach to Golf Clubs
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Blue-Light-Cancelling Lens Gives Skiers a Clearer View
Blue-Light-Cancelling Lens Gives Skiers a Clearer View

NASA Technology

Of all the colors the human eye is capable of seeing, it is particularly sensitive to blues and greens, which comprise the middle wavelengths of the visible...

Blue-Light-Cancelling Lens Gives Skiers a Clearer View
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Professional Development Program Gets Bird’s-Eye View of Wineries
Professional Development Program Gets Bird’s-Eye View of Wineries

NASA Technology

Virginia might not yet rival California when it comes to wine production, but a growing number of wineries and vintners are cropping up across...

Professional Development Program Gets Bird’s-Eye View of Wineries
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research

NASA Technology

We often imagine that inventions are born whole: Thomas Edison creates the incandescent light bulb and lights up Christie Street in Menlo Park on New...

Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Carbon Nanotube Resin Shores Up Boats, Bikes
Carbon Nanotube Resin Shores Up Boats, Bikes

NASA Technology

At 100 times the strength of steel and just one-sixth the weight, it is easy to see why engineers, and not just at NASA, were immediately excited by the potential in...

Carbon Nanotube Resin Shores Up Boats, Bikes
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses
Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses

NASA Technology

When the nearest Home Depot is out of reach and Amazon.com doesn’t deliver, finding spare parts or a new tool can be a challenge. That can be true...

Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones
NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones

NASA Technology

In 2007, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a call for a sensor that could equip a smartphone with the ability to detect dangerous gases and...

NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste
Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste

NASA Technology

Technology often takes circuitous paths. A magnetron developed for precision bombing during World War II led to the microwave oven, and a battery-powered drill...

Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer
CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer

NASA Technology

Building on work he and his companies did with Johnson Space Center’s In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) team, Robert Zubrin has developed and...

CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature
Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature

NASA Technology

F rom its beginnings, the U.S. X-Plane Program has delivered big on its objective: to advance aviation science and technology through the use of experimental...

Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats
Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats

NASA Technology

Although it is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth, chitin is not among the best understood. For example, chitosan, a derivative of...

Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers
Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers

NASA Technology

When flying the increasingly crowded skies, pilots need to have an arsenal of information at the ready: altitude, airspeed, fuel level, distance to...

Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Magnetic Fluids Deliver Better Speaker Sound Quality

NASA Technology

In the early 1960s NASA scientists were trying to work around a major problem for orbiting spacecraft: how to move fuel into an engine without the benefit of gravity. A scientist at Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) came up with a possible solution,...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere
Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere

NASA Technology

In order to test a parachute system for surviving high-altitude bailouts, from 1959 to 1960 the US Air Force commenced Project Excelsior. It...

Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream
Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream

NASA Technology

Most scientists do not question whether the force of gravity will affect their experiments. On Earth, gravity is a constant. For NASA scientists studying the effects of...

Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles
LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles

NASA Technology

Kennedy Space Center has been known as America’s spaceport for more than 50 years. From Project Mercury to recent commercial-space missions, the nation has...

LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow
Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow

NASA Technology

In addition to teaching crewmembers to perform crucial tasks like using their spacecraft’s technical devices, piloting a vehicle back into...

Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure
Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure

NASA Technology

To the casual observer, the sun appears as a steady, static, glowing ball of heat. But closer inspection reveals our closest star can be rambunctious, capable...

Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust
Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust

NASA Technology

Before astronauts are able to undertake long-term missions into the solar system, they’ll need technologies that allow them to grow their own fruits and...

Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Balance Devices Train Golfers for a Consistent Swing
Balance Devices Train Golfers for a Consistent Swing

NASA Technology

After a stint in space, astronauts’ minds and bodies take some time to readjust to life on Earth. While the human body adapts relatively quickly to a lack of...

Balance Devices Train Golfers for a Consistent Swing
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Brainwave Monitoring Software Improves Distracted Minds
Brainwave Monitoring Software Improves Distracted Minds

NASA Technology

Imagine moving an object using only your mind. Software company Unique Logic’s Time on Task exercise makes that feat possible, at least on a computer...

Brainwave Monitoring Software Improves Distracted Minds