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Spinoff 2008

Table of Contents



50 Years of NASA-Derived Technologies

Executive Summary

NASA Technologies Benefiting Society

Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

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In-Line Filtration Improves Hygiene and Reduces Expense

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LED Device Illuminates New Path to Healing

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Polymer Coats Leads on Implantable Medical Device


Lockable Knee Brace Speeds Rehabilitation


Robotic Joints Support Horses and Humans

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Photorefraction Screens Millions for Vision Disorders


Periodontal Probe Improves Exams, Alleviates Pain


Magnetic Separator Enhances Treatment Possibilities

Transportation icon Transportation


Lithium Battery Power Delivers Electric Vehicles to Market


Advanced Control System Increases Helicopter Safety


Aerodynamics Research Revolutionizes Truck Design


Engineering Models Ease and Speed Prototyping


Software Performs Complex Design Analysis

Public Safety icon Public Safety


Space Suit Technologies Protect Deep-Sea Divers

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Fiber Optic Sensing Monitors Strain and Reduces Costs

Polymer Fabric Protects Firefighters, Military, and Civilians


Advanced X-Ray Sources Ensure Safe Environments

Consumer, Home, and Recreation icon Consumer, Home, and Recreation

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Wireless Fluid-Level Measurement System Equips Boat Owners


Mars Cameras Make Panoramic Photography a Snap


Experiments Advance Gardening at Home and in Space


Space Age Swimsuit Reduces Drag, Breaks Records

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Immersive Photography Renders 360° Views


Historic Partnership Captures Our Imagination


Outboard Motor Maximizes Power and Dependability


Space Research Fortifies Nutrition Worldwide


Aerogels Insulate Missions and Consumer Products

Environmental and Agricultural Resources icon Environmental and Agricultural Resources


Computer Model Locates Environmental Hazards

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Battery Technology Stores Clean Energy


Robots Explore the Farthest Reaches of Earth and Space


Portable Nanomesh Creates Safer Drinking Water


Innovative Stemless Valve Eliminates Emissions

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Web-Based Mapping Puts the World at Your Fingertips


Program Assists Satellite Designers


Water-Based Coating Simplifies Circuit Board Manufacturing


Software Schedules Missions, Aids Project Management


Software Analyzes Complex Systems in Real Time


Wireless Sensor Network Handles Image Data


Virtual Reality System Offers a Wide Perspective


Software Simulates Sight: Flat Panel Mura Detection


Inductive System Monitors Tasks


Mars Mapping Technology Brings Main Street to Life


Intelligent Memory Module Overcomes Harsh Environments


Integrated Circuit Chip Improves Network Efficiency

Industrial Productivity icon Industrial Productivity


Novel Process Revolutionizes Welding Industry


Sensors Increase Productivity in Harsh Environments


Portable Device Analyzes Rocks and Minerals


NASA Design Strengthens Welds

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Polyimide Boosts High-Temperature Performance



NASA Innovation Builds Better Nanotubes


Aeronautics and Space Activities

Education News

Partnership News

Innovative Partnerships Program


R&D 100 Award icon
Denotes that R&D 100 Magazine has awarded the technology with its R&D 100 Award.

Space Technology Hall of Fame icon
Indicates that the Space Foundation has inducted the technology into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

See the list of all Spinoff award winners since publication began in 1976.

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