Weekly Tech Roundup | Nov 1, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: technology manager top six picks for November 2019

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Wearable bio-sensors, algorithm for heat acclimation

Army scientists recently developed a wearable system to help users acclimate to hot environments.

The new system calculates an adaptive physiological strain index and allows individuals to self-monitor thermal strain for the most efficient acclimatization exercises within the time available.

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Reflective textile thread

Army scientists have invented a new reflective thread that may replace materials currently used in high-visibility clothing and safety equipment.

This solution is unique in that fibers can be colored which provides more options than the commonly used yellow and silver. The retro-reflective fibers can also be woven into fabrics and garments enabling patterning of reflectivity, maintaining the physical properties of the primary materials, and eliminating the potential for reflective components to be easily torn or pulled off.

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Smart artificial urinary sphincter to treat urinary incontinence

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invented a smart artificial urinary sphincter device to treat patients with urinary incontinence.

Instead of only having two settings of open and closed, as current artificial urinary sphincters do, the new device has a dynamic range of pressures to mimic a real-life healthy sphincter.

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Air-amplifying inflation nozzle

Navy scientists invented an air amplification device that can be used to quickly fill marine rafts, rigid inflatable boats, life rafts, and other inflatable objects.

The nozzle requires less air from pressurized tanks to fully inflate objects by using atmospheric air to supplement the compressed air. And prototype testing demonstrated a 50% reduction in the inflation time.

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Guide system for the blind

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher has developed a sensor outfitted guide system for the blind.

Technologies on board this pushed or self-propelled unit include LIDAR, RADAR, and ultrasonic sensors, GPS, WiFi, accelerometer, and tactile feedback. The collection of integrated sensors and communication devices are able to perceive and reveal rich details about a vision-impaired person’s surroundings, a significant improvement over a conventional guide dog or white cane.

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High-temperature superconducting striated tape

Navy scientists invented a method of making a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) striated tape, a kind of wire that has zero resistance below a certain temperature.

HTS striated tape combinations allow for low alternating current losses and can be applied to the development of inductors, transformers, and stators for motors and generators.

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