Weekly Tech Roundup | Jun 7, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: technology manager top picks for June 2019

This week’s tech roundup includes some of the top technology picks from our expert technology managers for June 2019. All of them are opportunities for your business to license the patent and bring the invention to the commercial market.

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Energy efficient air contaminant removal system for enclosed spaces

Navy submarines are necessarily equipped with devices for removing carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and other contaminants from the air. The current system requires a lot of power and generates waste heat, which needs additional energy to be removed.

A Navy researcher developed an air contaminant removal system that reduces the total power consumption and waste heat generated.

Uses for this air scrubbing solution include mining operations, underground shelters, high CO2 environments, and submarines.

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Gas mask with improved filter connection

Army researchers have developed a new gas mask and filter design.

The mask design reduces the potential for the inhalation of contaminants during a filter swap. The approach addresses the weak points in existing designs – the air cavities between the filter mount and the filter canister which harbor toxins that can be pushed into the breathing space by air pressure during the changing of the filter.

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Improved steri-tip respiratory catheter

Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and the single largest cause of death in children worldwide. Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is estimated to occur at a rate between five and 15 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions and carries a 30-70 percent mortality rate.

In order to obtain samples for diagnosis, catheters are used in bronchoalveolar lavage to access the lung. These catheters can become contaminated during insertion or removal. It is also difficult to guide the catheter deep into the lower respiratory tract where pneumonia occurs.

VA researchers have improved their FDA-approved Steri-Tip catheter.

While this improved Steri-Tip catheter is designed to retrieve lower respiratory tract secretions, it could be modified to be used in any surgical procedure where catheters are used to provide local fluid communication to a particular site or to obtain biological samples.

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Wireless power system design toolbox

Far-field wireless power energy systems (WPES) promise to deliver electricity from a remote location to items such as drones, sensors, and maybe even cars. A wide variety of engineers work in a highly distributed environment to design these systems, which creates varying methodologies and differing computation results.

Addressing WPES design issues, Navy scientists have developed a robust, distributed modeling, simulation, analysis, and visualization (MSAV) environment.

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Large area magnetic flux sensor

The Navy has invented a large area magnetic flux sensor. The flux meter is comprised of an electrically conductive member, a pair of piezoelectric members, a pair of tensioning mechanisms, and an electrical current generator.

The technology was invented because there was no practical method to measure the total static and dynamic magnetic flux passing normally through a large area.

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