News | Jun 30, 2017

5 Army technologies proving Natick Labs is awesome, And OMG I want that

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This is the small version of the Army's patented ice chest.

In honor of the Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center placing some excellent intellectual property onto TechLink’s express licensing portal, we picked out five of their amazing patents available for commercial license.

*Warning: you will 100% want to start a business.*

1. Insulated Container for Cold Beverages

The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center’s new large Insulated Container for Bottled Water can hold 36 bottles. (Army/David Kamm)

It’s an insulated storage solution for bottled beverages, which is ultra-rugged, lightweight, and easily secured to a moving vehicle, boat or plane. The Army designed it because ice chests were flying around inside of Humvee’s in Iraq. It also sounds great for Americans who like to four-wheel drive in the desert, because this high-speed ice chest can keep your drinks cool for more than two days.

2. Body Heating and Cooling Garment

OK, so you just rolled your pickup in the desert. Your drinks are cold because you’ve got an Army cooler, but now you’re starting to perspire. No worries, just hook up your personal A/C unit. This breathable and washable vest has a state-of-the-art pattern board and attaches to a faucet or cooling unit, and can briefly unhook for mobility.

3. Eyewear Fog Tester

U.S. Soldiers ski at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., January 25, 2017. (Air National Guard/Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)

As the 10th Mountain Division proved during World War II, skiing into battle is boss. But when the bullets start flying, aren’t those goggles going to fog? Nope. Natick Labs not only invents fashionable eye-pro for the troops, they also figured out how to test anti-fog coatings. The Army’s second-generation testing device could set the standard for the whole anti-fog industry, using empirical measurements of delta haze to determine effectiveness of coatings under condensation-inducing conditions.

4. Footwear with Temperature Regulation

Patent illustration, color added for clarity and awesomeness

Out here in Montana, the fall and winter months can get a bit nippy. With this Army technology, a hike in the mountains might as well be a stroll on the beach. These high-tech boots have a tube that circulates warm or cool liquid through the insole. And the Army inventors say it could also “find utility in serving the needs of foundry workers, police and fire personnel, hunters, miners, and people suffering from certain medical conditions.” And NASA reports that the average temperature of Mars is -81 degrees Fahrenheit, so maybe Elon Musk and the Mars One community could use a couple hundred pairs.

5. Liquid Fuel Fired Tilting Skillet

Spc. Jennifer McKay serves chow. (Army/SFC Peter Morrison)

“Providing good food that is well prepared for the troops at the front lines is a difficult but important task,” according to these Army inventors who also said the cooking possibilities of their diesel-powered monster skillet were “appealing.” Now the troops can take out terrorists and have steak & potato chimichurri with fresh veggies for dinner.

Contact TechLink, license one of these Army inventions, build a better product, and make the world a great place.

Troy Carter can be reached at troy.carter@montana.edu or 406-994-7798.

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