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HotSpot Episode 43: Origami Solar Array Generates Power for Satellites

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:41am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments:

Brigham Young University (BYU), in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and world-renowned origami expert, Robert Lang, have created a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites. By applying origami principles, the solar array would be capable to unfold to nearly 10 times its stored size.

The European Space Agency is planning to launch a space mission in 2034 that will study the universe in a completely new way. The mission, known as eLISA, will detect ripples in the fabric of space-time, known as gravitational waves, which are created by celestial objects with very strong gravity, expanding the way in which the universe is observed.

Toymail is a toy and app that delivers recorded messages to kids. Parents can deliver messages using their own voice, or record a message using a silly voice, making the message more fun. Kids can then reply right from their toy, keeping parents connected to their kids whenever they are away.

With everything turning smart these days, it is no surprise that rings are joining the pact of wearable technology. The Smarty Ring helps remotely control your phones so you never have to miss a call, text, alarm, or tweet. With its Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the Smarty ring provides real time updates on incoming and outgoing calls, alerts for text and email messages, and updates on Facebook, Twitter, Hangout & Skype. You can control everything on your phone, without touching your phone. It also features a clock capable of checking up to five time zones.

For more information visit www.ni.com

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