Two companies with ties to Tennessee have been selected as semifinalists in the inaugural NASA iTech call for inventive ideas that could benefit space exploration as well as solve challenges on Earth. The two are among 25 named in one of five categories: (1) artificial intelligence and machine learning; (2) biotechnology; (3) system autonomy; (4) advanced manufacturing; and (5) something titled “X-factor innovations” which are technologies that might not fit under the other topics but could significantly impact space exploration.
Those with Tennessee ties are:
- Amalgamated Vision, located in Brentwood, that submitted a Laser MEMS Head Mounted Display; and
- Articulate Labs of Dallas, one of the participants in the latest cohort of CO.LAB’s “HealthTech Accelerator” in Chattanooga (see our recent teknovation.biz article here). The company submitted a product called the “LimbStim.”
NASA subject matter experts will further review the 25 semifinalists based on their relevance, likelihood of success, and potential Earth- and space-bound applications to select 10 finalists who will be invited to present their ideas to NASA leadership, space industry leaders, and potential investors at the 2020 NASA iTech Cycle I Forum, a virtual event, to be held on October 1 and 2.
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