in a field that impacts the lives of people in a way that few other
disciplines can hope to match.
Accurate Patient Vitals
The Connex Spot Monitor has many innovative features to enhance
the user experience. The prescriptive workflow walks users through the
necessary steps to ensure all appropriate data is collected and transferred
to the EMR. Extensive workflow analysis was completed to provide
power management and charging times that reflect use in busy clinical
settings. A 30-minute charge provides a full set of vitals rounds and a
full charge will provide over a full day of use. With a quick shake of the
device LED indicators show the remaining battery power even when it is
off. The device can be configured to include custom scoring, modifiers,
manual parameters and network settings, all right out of the box. Other
features are subtle but extremely useful. The Wisper Drive technology of
its mobile stands are the quietest on the market so patients will not be
disturbed while sleeping. The stand also offers a flat writing surface for
easy note taking and storage for everything you’ll need.
The Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) is uniquely
engineered to support and facilitate the safe transport and treatment of
patients infected with highly contagious pathogens while safeguarding
the medical staff, flight crew and the aircraft. The CBCS built upon
years of bio-containment knowledge to provide a solution that
maintains containment, even in the event of emergency landings or
mid-air rapid decompression events to assure the medical staff and
the flight crew of their safety at all times. Development of the CBCS
required combining the challenges of bio-containment and flight
worthiness requirements while meeting a short 191-day development
cycle. The development team incorporated lessons learned from the
recent Ebola outbreak and the collective expertise of bio-containment,
custom fabrication and R&D experts to deliver an extensively analyzed
and experimentally validated system in the abbreviated timeline.
LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY
More Efficient Energy
The Cool Roof Time Machine simulates soiling and weathering
processes in the lab, reproducing in less than three days the solar
reflectance of roofing products naturally aged for three years. Published
as ASTM Standard D7897-15, this method is the basis of the Cool Roof
Rating Council’s Rapid Ratings program. This process is about 400X
faster than natural exposure, costs about 80 percent less for testing a
single product, can facilitate rapid prototyping and can avoid three years
of lost sales worth $4.5 million to $9 million per product. The Cool
Roof Time Machine will speed the introduction of high-performance
cool roofs both in the United States and globally. Cool roofs can lower
a building’s energy use and mitigate the urban heat island effect by
reflecting sunlight away from buildings and cities.
LASER AND PLASMA TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
First Handheld Early-Stage Corrosion
The CorSense instrument was developed to provide aircraft
maintenance personnel with a handheld tool that is able to non-
destructively inspect painted surfaces for subsurface corrosion. It images
the subsurface metal structure for corrosion through aircraft paint
without damaging the paint. The instrument offers a powerfully visual
inspection method for corrosion detection without the need of stripping
the aircraft of paint. This feature has the potential to save millions
of dollars in maintenance costs over the service life of the aircraft.
Furthermore, the CorSense can improve aircraft safety by helping to
locate early stage corrosion spots, which can then be repaired before
such corrosion becomes a serious safety issue and costlier to repair.
THE DOW CHEMICAL CO.
Fuel Fraud Elimination
Dow launched ACCUTRACE S10 fuel marking technology to empower
governments to fight back against crimes that can cost European
nations billions in lost tax revenue and inflict serious environmental
damage through associated hazardous waste dumping. The Dow
ACCUTRACE S10 & Falcon Calidus CS technology can be added in
very small quantities to tax exempt fuels (e.g., farm diesel) and enables
governments to ensure fuel is not misused in a tax protected application.
Fuel marked with ACCUTRACE S10 is invisible to visual detection,
which shows both marked and unmarked gasoline. This makes it
extremely difficult to determine the efficacy of any potential laundering
method to remove ACCUTRACE S10 from fuel, giving law enforcement
an additional advantage in enforcement efforts.
SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
Electrofracturing Test System for Water-Free Reservoir Stimulation
contributes to securing the nation’s supply of clean energy from
natural gas, and provides important information to fielding water-free
fracturing technology. The invention allows industry to systematically
evaluate electrofracturing on all lithologies—a non-water-based,
“greener” rock fracturing/stimulation compared to fresh-water-intense
hydrofracturing. Domestically, water use minimization is critical for
resource and environmental conservation. Abroad, this technology
may enable resource stimulation in water-barren environments. Such
countries could then use cleaner/greener resources to generate energy.
This research will assist in setting the United States at the forefront of a
new, environmentally friendly shale-gas production technology through
waterless stimulation of natural gas reservoirs.
MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY
Internal Vital Sign Monitoring
Reliable, real-time heart and breathing rates, plus core temperature,
are key vital signs used in in many clinical and nonclinical settings to
evaluate a person’s physiological status. Measuring these vital signs
generally requires the superficial attachment of physically or logistically
obtrusive sensors—such as rectal temperature probes—to individuals.
Such sensors may cause skin irritation or adversely influence the person’s
performance. Given the broad acceptance of ingestible electronics,
MIT Lincoln Laboratory developed an approach that enables vital sign
monitoring internally from the gastrointestinal tract--the EnteroPhone.
Initial proof-of concept large animal (porcine) experiments demonstrated
the feasibility of this approach. Implementing vital sign monitoring as
a standalone technology or in conjunction with other ingestible devices
has the capacity to significantly aid telemedicine, optimize performance
monitoring of athletes, military service members, and first-responders,
and provide an easy method for rapid clinical evaluation and triage.