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Crazy stuff NASA is inventing – racing driver underwear and heart rate IDs

NASA revealed in its Spinoff a bunch of inventions it’s working on in 2022 – and some of them will make you think.

The US space agency has invented some pretty unbelievable stuff since it was created in 1958 and the list is only growing in 2022.

NASA's 2022 spinoff includes a number of innovative new technologies.

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NASA’s 2022 spinoff includes a number of innovative new technologies.

NASA holds thousands of patents for inventions in a number of fields including robotics and aerospace.

After all, ‘invention’ is an inherent part of the job for a company whose mission revolves around discovery – a task that frequently requires new technology, software and research.

This is evidenced in the agency’s latest Spinoff magazine, where the company annually shares its latest technologies – some commonly used by third-party companies – with the aim of making the world becomes a better place.

“NASA’s value is not limited to space, but is realized across our country,” said Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, at the launch of Spinoff 2022.

“As we fight the coronavirus pandemic and promote environmental justice and sustainability, NASA technology is essential to solving humanity’s greatest challenges,” added Nelson.

Here are some of the most innovative inventions the agency has revealed this year.

Flame retardant underwear for racing drivers

Rounding out the Spinoff list is a racing driver’s flame-retardant underwear developed with the same materials used to create the astronauts’ space suits.

If the driver is involved in an accident, the materials will absorb and release heat as the ambient temperature rises.

“No matter what phase it’s in, hot or cold, the temperature stays around the melting point. This ensures that the material, like Goldilocks porridge, always feels,” NASA engineers said. medium”.

The material was initially licensed to Outlast Technologies but was later sold to UK-based Walero – founded by racer Fiona James, with the goal of creating safe, heat-resistant underwear.

The product was quickly approved for use in a number of world racing championships and is now used by racers in the IndyCar and European Rally Championship, as well as NASCAR.

Determine heart rate

One of Spinoff’s most innovative products is its next-generation heart recognition system.

NASA predicts that heart rate could be the next big thing for unlocking phones, computers and even accessing bank accounts, replacing biometric verification systems like fingerprints and hammock scans. desert.

The ID system works by measuring electrical signals associated with heart waves, which is the same technology used to monitor the heart rates of astronauts in space.

The system also uses about 192 different parameters to identify unique heart markers, making it possible to create an exceptionally secure identity verification system.

NASA believes the technology could be used in many areas, including law enforcement, banking, healthcare and airport security.

The technology is available for commercial application and licensing.

Air purifier

Many of NASA’s technologies made for space can be used here on Earth – including their air purification system.

In the 1990s, NASA, in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Space Robotics and Automation (WCSAR), figured out how to grow plants on the International Space Station through a process known as photooxidation. catalysis.

As a result, air quality on the ISS has improved and the spread of airborne viruses has decreased.

According to NASA Spinoff, this same technology is currently being used by companies like ActivePure and Airgloss, which have launched several air-purifying products to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

NASA's Heart ID tool could be the next big thing for biometric verification systems.

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NASA’s Heart ID tool could be the next big thing for biometric verification systems.Image supplier: NASA
The NASA spacesuit uses flame-retardant technology that can be used in a race car driver's suit.

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The NASA spacesuit uses flame-retardant technology that can be used in a race car driver’s suit.Image supplier: NASA
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