NASA nurtured many innovations, from a portable communications system to an ultrasound machine for telemedicine, that have made the leap from space to Earth.
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Edwin Saltzman and fellow engineers at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center applied their work in the areas of aerodynamics and fluid dynamics to improved truck design. The modifications involved rounding the corners and edges of a box-shaped cab, reducing drag at those points by nearly 40%. They placed a smooth fairing on the cab's roof and extended the sides to the trailer to reduce drag and save fuel. The widely-adopted design changes translate into fuel savings of more than 6,000 gallons per year for a truck driving 100,000 miles. Image credit: NASA
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?