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Products of
Tomorrow
 Antigen Test
Detects COVID
and Flu Viruses
Researchers at UC
Santa Cruz have developed
a chip-based antigen
test that can provide ultrasensitive detection of
SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A, the viruses that cause
COVID-19 and flu, respectively. The test is sensitive
enough to detect and identify individual viral antigens
one by one in nasal swab samples. This technique
could eventually be developed as a molecular
diagnostic tool for point-of-care use. The
biosensor detects individual proteins and identifies
the antigens for multiple diseases at the same time
from one sample. This is important for diseases
such as COVID-19 and flu, which have similar
symptoms.
Contact: Tim Stephens
Phone: 831-459-4352
E-mail: stephens@ucsc.edu
Contact: NASA's Licensing Concierge
Phone: 202-358-7432
E-mail: Agency-Patent-Licensing@mail.nasa.gov
https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/MFS-TOPS-106
This column presents technologies that have
applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the
products of tomorrow. To learn more about each
technology, see the contact information provided for
that innovation.
 Periodic Wave
Disc Brake Rotor
Developed by NASA
Marshall Space Flight
Center, the Periodic
Wave Disc Brake Rotor
is designed for potential applications in racecars,
motorcycles, and electric vehicles (EVs) equipped
with regenerative braking systems. The technology
provides dramatic weight reduction along with
high heat dissipation - two of the primary challenges
associated with high-performance braking
systems. This is accomplished through the proprietary
concept of combining the forced convection,
radiation, and conduction of airflow over the brake
rotor's surface. The rotor can be implemented into
existing vehicles with hub-mounted or wheel rimmounted
brake systems.
 System Switches an Object's Colors and Patterns
MIT has developed a way to rapidly update imagery on object surfaces. The system,
called ChromoUpdate, pairs an ultraviolet (UV) light projector with items coated in
light-activated dye. The projected light alters the reflective properties of the dye, creating
colorful new images in just a few minutes. The advance could accelerate product
development, enabling product designers to churn through prototypes without getting
bogged down with painting or printing. It could be used for real-time notifications without relying on screens;
for example, a coffee mug that can show the user's daily schedule when put in the projector system and programmed.
Contact:
Abby Abazorius
Phone: 617-253-2709
E-mail: abbya@mit.edu
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