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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

NASA iTech is a unique initiative to find innovative ideas that address critical problems here on Earth that also hold great potential to solve critical technology challenges in future space exploration.

Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, other government organizations – or others who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

Finalists from across the U.S. have represented 30 of their most promising innovative technologies at the NASA iTech Forum during the first three cycles of the initiative.

Cycle 3 (also known as 2018 NASA iTech Cycle I) recently culminated, with the top 10 finalists showcasing their innovations at the NASA iTech Forum held at Canon U.S.A. in Melville, New York on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.


 

Innovators representing top three winners, FCG Plasma Solutions, Germfalcon and Somatic join Jim Reuter, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) onstage at the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle 1 Forum.

Congratulations to our 2018

NASA iTech Cycle I

 

Top Three Finalists

 

 

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion.

Plasma-assisted fuel injectors for improved combustion in jet engines and gas turbines.

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Germfalcon - Los Angeles

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft.

A germicidal UVC product designed for airlines that eliminates viruses and bacteria known to cause disease on high-touch aircraft surfaces.

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough  

 

Somatic Labs - Phoenix

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication.

A design software and reference hardware that animates the human sense of touch.

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement


2018 NASA iTech Cycle I finalists represented the best entries across the U.S. in the latest NASA iTech Forum held at Canon U.S.A. in Melville, NY on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle I finalists who presented their innovative technologies:

BioVirtua - San Francisco

Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Germfalcon - Los Angeles

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough


H2 Energy Now - Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves       

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation     

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies - Los Angeles      

Innovation: Augmented Voyage  

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement    

iFirst Medical Technologies - Honolulu

Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

Million Concepts - Lemont, Pennsylvania

Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

New Frontier Aerospace - Livermore, California

Innovation: Affordable, Powere ecover o mal aunc ehicles

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Rice Technology - Milwaukee

Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor - Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation                 

Somatic Labs - Phoenix

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement


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2018 Cycle 1 Focus Areas


2018 Cycle I Focus Areas

2018 Cycle 1 Focus Areas


2018 Cycle I Focus Areas

The six challenge focus areas for NASA iTech's 2018 Cycle I were:


Artificial Intelligence: Increased efficiency in data mining of large data sets

There was a time when collecting a huge data set was as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, but as technology has developed, that is no longer an issue.  Today’s challenge is identifying a specific needle in a pile of needles and being able to extract and utilize the data.  For example, in a massive weather dataset, how do we find a tropical cyclone among all of the other data?


Augmented Reality Advancement: Virtual worlds for medical, physiological, and/or physical training

Deep space exploration creates challenges that augmented reality tools may be able to address.  Examples include assisting with medical procedures; addressing psychological issues when time is limited and distance from physicians and families is great; and/or providing computer-generated physical training capabilities. Solutions should help minimize risk for future missions.


Autonomy: Success in the face of limited data

Today we train machines to “learn” through thousands–even tens of thousands or millions–of examples. But, the challenges of future space exploration are unprecedented. How do you equip machines and computers to make smart decisions when there aren’t millions of examples to learn from – and tech support is literally millions of miles away? Those who you know how to teach machines to make the best decisions with limited data, would go far in 2018 Cycle I.


High Performance Computing: Improved performance/lower cost

With the creation of massive datasets, we now need to process that data more cost-effectively to make efficient use of it.  How can we significantly drop the cost and increase the speed of processing – perhaps by an order of magnitude?


Medical Breakthrough: New approaches that will revolutionize human health and healthcare

Examples include, but are not limited to, lab analysis technologies, flexible ultrasound technologies, in-situ production capabilities for medicine or food, and technologies that can extend the life of medicine and/or food.  The best ideas rose to the top.


X-Factor: Innovations so compelling NASA should know about them

You have something–you know you do–something so cool something so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!”  If that was your response to the announcement of our 2018 Cycle I Focus Areas but your innovation didn't fit with another category, this was your category.