2011
Safety and Security

Develop an optical processing algorithm that employs multiple photographs taken at multiple known fixed (but separate) locations at the same time (or approximately the same time) to create a 3 dimensional model. This model may also include superimposing the images extracted from the photographs in order to recreate a much more realistic 3 dimensional model.

Processing will be based upon techniques similar to synthetic aperture radar- where a 1 dimensional radar return from a transmitter/receiver that moves along a fixed path is processed into a 2 dimensional image.

Identifying the "known path" is a vital part of this innovation. All position measurements are relative to some frame of reference, such as "my position and orientation at t=0" and each ...

Here is a product that enhances the security or safety of individuals, businesses, communities, or nations.

*According to Wikipedia, revolving doors are favoured because they can be used as an airlock to minimize a building's heating and air conditioning losses.

This principle can effectively be applied to the requirement to transfer plastic trays from ambient conditions into and out of a pressurised, high-temperature atmosphere at production speeds.

The proposed process to transfer trays from ambient to CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) conditions (high temperature and high pressure) quickly and efficiently is the "4-Chamber Horizontal Revolving-Door Airlock System."

The novel 4-Chamber Horizontal Revolving-Door Airlock System can get uncovered plastic trays (at ambient conditions) containing product into and out of ...

The microSNIFFER is a portable electronic monitoring device for detecting and reporting potentially hazardous materials.

The benefits of the microSNIFFER are as follows:
Local and remote monitoring; small size; long battery life; gas, liquid and solid monitoring functions; low-cost. This design idea will improve quality of life; facilitate tedious tasks; help prevent injury or death; improve public safety and security; save time; effort and money. For example, enhanced microSNIFFERs could replace drug-sniffing dogs at airports, saving the time and money spent in training the dogs, as well as the effort and expense in acquiring and caring for these dogs.

The device has interchangeable sensor array blocks such as laser spectroscopes, gas sensors, contact sensors, radiation sensors, and ...

Active firearm safeties have not became a reality because of a limitation in technology. The ability to transmit signals a short distance can be done with IR, RF, sonic and visible light even in a very small size. So an authentication key, ring, badge, holster or other device could be used to release or activate a safety in a firearm. The issues are expense, maintenance, and failure recovery.

This design is an active magazine safety. By incorporating the battery, electronics and a ammunition retaining device into the magazine, there is no need to modify an existing firearm. The electronics can be activated when it senses that the magazine has moved, or removed from a holster, then if the authentication ...

The Air Conditioned Helmet, (two patents issued), is the first and only practical thermoelectric air conditioned helmet. It uses a special woven air flow structure for the inside of the helmet that conveys the conditioned air all over the inside of the helmet to cool or heat the maximum area of the users head. Cooled or heated air is ducted into the rear of the helmet and flow up and around the users head, exiting above the users face to provide cooled or heated air fro breathing. The conditioned air can also be filtered with activated carbon to remove odors, etc.

The miniature thermoelectric system adds only 3 oz. to the helmet weight and the air flow structure adds ...

The SuperCritical Air Mobility Pack (SCAMP) provides breathing air and full body cooling for hazardous materials workers, firefighters, and industry. Breathing air is essential for workers under oxygen deficient conditions or where toxic gases are or may be present. In addition to providing the basic air supply, SCAMP solves the major, recognized problem of heat stress in workers in impermeable suits and/or hot environments. Working time in confined suits is at present normally limited by the heat stress produced in the worker that reduces productivity and dehydrates and debilitates the worker. Use of SCAMP will allow each worker two to six times the working time in the suit each day as is obtainable with a standard Self Contained Breathing ...

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children, and most occur in residential swimming pools. On average, 5,100 children are treated for submersion ijuries each year, and 383 pool related fatalities reported per year involving children younger than 15 years of age. 76% of reported fatalities were children younger than 5 years of age.

The majority of pool alarms offered in the maketplace are based on water displacement technology. This technology relies on the waves that result from a child falling into the pool reaching the alarm's trigger mechanism to sound an alarm. This approach results in a product that responds slowly and is prone to false alarm.

The AquaSonus Passive-Sonar System based on state-of-the-art digital signal ...

The invention refers to an asphaltic layer armed with PET filaments and fibers, in view of substituting the known asphaltic layers which cover roadways, bridges, terraces as well as all impermeable asphaltic mixtures. The method will take us to the important absorption of the highly polluting plastic waste and the obtainment of the bituminous layer with PET filaments and fibers, which confers to the asphaltic mixtures and increased elasticity, adherence and also an increased resistance to permanent deformation and small fissures, for all types of roadways and especially for heavy and very heavy traffic, thus increasing the safety of all those participating in traffic and thus reducing the number of accidents.

The technical problem which is resolved by this ...

Judging the speed of an approaching car can be tricky, even for an experienced driver. This important skill is used frequently in daily driving situations such as pulling into a busy street, merging into fewer lanes, entering on-ramps, passing into oncoming traffic on a single lane road, or switching lanes after a quick glance in the rearview mirror. With inattention or the inexperience of a younger driver, these common situations can turn treacherous.

The Automotive Speed Indicator will improve vehicle safety by taking the guesswork out of estimating another driver’s speed. This concept adds a new signaling component to a vehicle’s exterior lighting system (see Figure) that would automatically change color to indicate the vehicle’s travel velocity. As ...

Most currently available security seal technologies have been in use for decades. Frighteningly, the majority of the tamper seals on the market currently are easily defeated or counterfeited.

BeaconSeal's engineers in conjunction with tamper seal industry consultants developed a set of design goals necessary to address the shortcomings in existing tamper seal technology.         1. Simple to install, use and observe. 2. Tamper status is visually obvious from distance. 3. RFID technology to allow remote reading of the seal status in real time. 4. Disposable and capable of only one use. 5. Vibration, shock, and weather resistant. 6. Laser engraved serial numbers on all components. 7. Compact, lightweight, and Inexpensive. 8. Six month battery life in typical use. 9. Multiple ...

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