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Wearable Non-Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitor
Alertgy has developed the first wearable non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitor (NICGM). Alertgy can detect blood glucose levels without any invasive probes or sensors and provide accurate continuous blood glucose measurements without the customary needle prick and meter device and provides life-saving alerts when glucose levels are dangerously high or low. As a result of decades of radiation therapy conducted to treat cancer patients, a wealth of studies document that a key indicator to bio-stress induced by radiation treatment is hyperglycemia or high blood glucose levels. The Alertgy technology could alert NASA if astronauts are experiencing bio-stress effects from radiation.
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Ultra-Thin, Flexible and Shatter-Free Optical Filters Thermally Drawn at Scal
High-selectivity optical filters either block or transmit very specific ranges of the light spectrum. Everix’s patented and scalable approach to production creates filters that are: 1) 5-20X thinner than the competition, 2) flexible to allow integration with curved surfaces, and 3) shatter-free. Traditional precision optical filters are made in a vacuum chamber and are glass-based, rigid, bulky and expensive even at high-volume. Everix is in the supply chain of OEMs miniaturizing complex lab-scale fluorescence-based diagnostic devices to mass deploy point-of-care devices and creating sophisticated wearable and disposable devices. This enables the continuous monitoring of various biomarkers and vitals for real-time analysis.
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H2 Elastomer: From Nature to Product
The burgeoning hydrogen energy infrastructure is in need of safe, novel, low cost solutions to address using this energy rich material for hydrogen storage and transport. H2 Elastomer is an elastomeric, hydrogen trapping biopolymer that will be used to protect pipeline infrastructure and provide hydrogen energy storage and transport solutions.
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HE3DA USA Inc.
Innovative 3D Nanotechnology Lithium-Ion Batteries for Energy Storage
The architecture of HE3DA Li-ion batteries is based on 3D electrodes using nanomaterials. Unlike thin-film technology, HE3DA’s several millimeters thick electrode construction provides high capacity cells with literally unlimited cell size, establishing a higher level of safety, cheaper manufacturing process, and 99% recyclability. The battery is functional in a temperature range of-10°C to 80°C. Safe and robust design consisting of multifunctional frames, easy degassing, electrolyte regeneration, and low internal resistance makes HE3DA accumulator technology ideal for usage in NASA planetary surface power applications providing reduced dependence on ancillary systems.
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MyelinS offers cutting-edge software technology that allows for bidirectional communication and collaboration between space robots and humans through advanced machine learning algorithms for signal decoding, virtual reality for astronaut training, tactile sensing and advanced algorithms.
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Nanobionic USA Inc.
Nanobionic is a high-tech technology that harnesses and transforms the natural body’s energy into far-infrared rays and reflects them back to the body. It is intended to temporarily promote increased blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Scientific studies have proven that this speeds recovery time, promotes restful sleep, improves athletic performance, improves circulation in extremities (hands, fingers and feet) and reduces free radical levels. It is an FDA General Wellness Product.
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OXOS Medical Inc.
Today people carry megapixel cameras in their pockets, yet x-ray imaging technology, developed in 1895, is still not ubiquitous and portable. This has created a care-gap, where about two-thirds of Earth’s population does not have access to basic radiology. OXOS Medical has developed the Micro C: a hand-held, digital, x-ray and fluoroscopy imaging device. It is hand carried, runs on standard power, minimizes radiation exposure, and operates intuitively. Micro C provides x-ray where there is none, benefiting medical personnel in locations as wide-ranging as sophisticated surgical suites to rural health clinics to elder-care facilities to space exploration.
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PolyMaterials App LLC
High Energy and High Power Based Supercapacitor
PolyMaterials is developing a prototype supercapacitor (“Poly3-Scap”) suited for consumer electronics, and power devices suitable for NASA’s use. PolyMaterials is also laying the groundwork for a supercapacitor “Poly4M-Scap” with greater voltages (27 to 48V) required for hybrid motor vehicles, power grid and large appliance applications.
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Space Industries Pty Ltd.
Lunar Resource Extraction Vehicle
Space Industries is developing a lunar mining vehicle that will produce and return to Earth helium-3 for use in fusion energy along with medical and science industries. As a byproduct of the mining, water will be produced for use in space as drinking water, to grow crops and also as fuel to enable missions to and from the lunar surface with H2, O2 rockets among other purposes. This mission will benefit all of mankind.
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SurgePower Materials Inc.
Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective Graphene Technology for High Energy Electrode Application
SurgePower Materials has a prototype that demonstrates a new method to cost-effectively manufacture graphene, SP2Hybrid™ ($10 per gram at lab scale) from an abundant crop, cassava (over 270 million tons per year) with a projected manufacturing cost of $11 per kilogram at scale. SP2Hybrid™ has four times the surface area and five times the pore volume of the current graphene products in the marketplace. Li-ion battery anodes fabricated with SP2Hybrid™ demonstrate a capacity of 1901 mAh/g, which is five times the capacity of standard graphite material. The cost-efficient nature of this method will facilitate the adoption of graphene in other advanced technology areas such as composites, to push nanotechnology frontiers.
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