What Do The Objects Represent?
Andahl = Sun: Looks on the brighter side of things
Pucek = Lightbulb: Has smart ideas
Gordon = Water: Goes with the flow but still shapes its own path
Conover = Puzzle Piece: Puts ideas together
Mission Patch Represents: We send technologies up into space and new information comes back to create a better knowledge of life and inspire us to create new technologies.
Problem Statement: Third world countries have trouble affording quick diagnosis for Malaria, so we tried to find a way to make the diagnosis quick and affordable.
RMD: Reusable Malaria Detector
Purpose of Creation/Solution: We created this Spinoff called RMD (Reusable Malaria Detector) to be able to analyze the virus, Malaria, in the medical field and help people with their health issues in third world countries where medical care is not as accessible. In the kit, you are provided with the RMD technology, rubber gloves, gauze, needles, band-aids, and q-tips. How you would use this Spinoff, is you would prick yourself with the needles provided in the box, take a bit of your blood (do not use your fingers because it could mess up the process, instead take the sample/insert disc and dab it once on the area you pricked), and put it on the sample/insert disc. Don't forget to put on a band-aid once you're done!! Then, you would insert the disc into the petri disc, which would then detect what virus (Malaria) you have. The Microchannel Wafers (the black-painted, bottom part of the RMD) would detect the virus and your results will come out within a few seconds.
What is Malaria? Malaria is an intermittent and remittent fever caused by a protozoan that invades the red blood cells. The parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical regions.
Description of the NASA Technologies That We Have in Our Daily Lives:
Temper Foam: This was created by NASA to insure the comfort i spaceships and planes was at its finest. it is now used for everyday comfort in your pillows, mattress, car seats and more.
Infrared Ear Thermometers: Diatek Corporation and NASA developed an aural thermometer, uses infrared astronomy technology to measure the amount of energy emitted by the eardrum, the same way the temperature of stars and planets is measured. This method avoids contact with mucous membranes, virtually eliminating the possibility of cross infection, and permits rapid temperature measurement of newborn, critically-ill, or incapacitated patients.
Hairstyling Tools: NASA developed metallic-ceramic nanoparticles which are used in hair irons, brushes, and hair dryers to release any negative ions that make hair easier to style.
Freeze Dried Technologies: NASA was trying to improve food quality for astronauts and conducted extensive research and paired with several food companies. They later discovered a freeze drying process which allows the food to last over a long period of time without refrigeration.
Phase Change Materials: NASA worked with the apparel industry to create a material that enhances comfort by moderating temperatures between the body and the environment, unlike ordinary clothing which traps heat and sweat during intense activity.
LED Lights: These lights are used for both indoor agriculture and to help users' sleep cycles. It used to only be used for growing plants and for providing astronauts with light on the space station, now customers are able to access it.
Digital Cameras: CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) became the Space Agency's most worldwide spinoff technology dominating the digital imaging industries and enabling cell phone cameras, high-definition video, and social media.
Audio Equipment: To enhance the sound of acoustic guitars, an industrious helicopter manufacturer used a special vibration analysis equipment. The body of the guitar is also made out of a fiberglass composite used for rotor blades. As a result, these types of instruments are less expensive to make and are much more stronger than other guitars.
Constraints and Criteria: Some constraints are that it has to be easy to use in case of an emergency and it has to be quite small and portable. The criteria is that the device has to be able to detect and separate malaria from the blood and diagnose you with it efficiently.