Weekly Tech Roundup | Mar 1, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: technology manager top picks for March 2019

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

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Here is this week’s roundup:

Weight training prosthetic for arm amputee

Engineers are making strides to increase the effectiveness of prosthetics to mimic their biological counterparts.

A new device for above-the-elbow amputees has been designed by a military veteran amputee who is also a weightlifter. The prosthetic enables the wearer to perform the popular bench press and other exercises.

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In-flight detection, tracking, commandeering rogue drone system

To detect, record, and commandeer unauthorized or enemy drones, the Navy has developed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) data collection protection system (DCPS) platform.

The hardware/software of the ROV DCPS is configured to take control of rogue drones, co-opting their communication link via RF from the ground or satellite feed. Additional functionality includes the ability to monitor what data is being collected by the drone, prevent the data from being sent back, and otherwise interfering with the ROVs operation.

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Water quality analysis device

Water purification processes require validation by testing samples both before and after the purification process to ensure that the water meets specific standards for quality.

The Army has developed a water sensor flow cell which accommodates several sensors in direct contact with the water under test within a manifold. A stream of water flows continuously through the manifold and sensors continuously transmit data values. The probes measure pH, T°, turbidity, conductivity, oxidation-reduction potential, total dissolved solids, dissolved oxygen, chlorine, arsenic, cyanide algae and a host of other variables. A pump may be included to flow standing water.

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Screen capture of AIR-generated 4D flight paths as playback files in Google Earth (KML output format).

Optimized route finding for air and ground vehicles

The task of navigating through airspace is becoming increasingly more complex and dangerous. Pilots of both manned and autonomous vehicles are faced with more air traffic, additional no-fly zones, and temperamental weather conditions.

To deal with this risk to vehicle survivability and basic safety of the skies, Army researchers have developed the Automated Impacts Routing (AIR) software application. AIR provides users the ability to find optimized paths through airspace and even ground space and takes into consideration multiple and dynamic adverse conditions that can determine mission success or failure.

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Harvesting electrical energy from a data bus

Energy harvesting techniques have traditionally leveraged solar, thermal, wind, and kinetic sources. Such approaches have proved valuable in running remote sensor systems, providing heat and power to off-grid structures, and powering RF communications towers. Such approaches also tend to carry relatively high capital costs and ongoing maintenance expense.

The Navy’s prototyped energy harvesting technology uses a switching circuit to divert excess power within a communications bus for use elsewhere without disrupting the normal operation of the bus.

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Anti-fungal pharmaceutical compounds

Fungal infections are difficult to eradicate and can rapidly evolve into an invasive and systemic disease. These infections require long treatment durations and are associated with high morbidity and mortality, especially in certain populations such as immunocompromised, neonate, and burn patients. Potentially fatal fungal infection cases total over 2 million annually.

Navy researchers have developed new pharmaceutical agents from previously identified antibacterial peptides which were originally isolated from scorpion venom.

The antifungal peptides may be incorporated in materials suitable for dressing wounds.

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Handheld GPS jammer locator

Navy engineers have developed a handheld GPS jammer locator device for determining the strength of an L1 GPS frequency jamming signal and the direction of the jamming signal. The handheld GPS jammer locator has two modes of operation, an amplitude mode for determining signal strength, and a difference mode for determining direction.

A prototype was built within a plastic housing and is powered by a 9-volt battery.

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