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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NASA partnered with startup Aspen Systems to produce aerogel composite blankets for use in space applications, such as on launch towers and inside shuttles, as an alternative to silica aerogels, which can be expensive and brittle. Aspen Aerogels created three variations of flexible aerogels, now used for construction, refrigeration, automotive, medical, commercial and industrial purposes. Examples of commercial products built with them are home insulation and insoles for endurance runners. Flexible aerogels were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. 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?