Think you can come up with a new way to use NASA’s technology?
Thanks to NASA’s new crowdsourcing program, you — or anybody — can submit ideas to the agency about how to commercialize its virtual reality software. NASA plans to split royalties with the inventor if the product is developed and sold.
NASA, one of the first government agencies to try this kind of crowdsourcing, is partnering with Edison Nation, an online company that helps other groups gather ideas from the public.
Edison Nation normally partners with retailers and manufacturers, allowing Internet users to submit ideas for new products. The site is free to join but charges a $25 fee for submitting ideas, intended to cover the cost of product development, procuring intellectual property and other expenses.
NASA is asking the public to come up with new applications for MindShift, a simulation game invented by scientists Alan Pope and Chad Stephens at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
MindShift uses wireless motion sensing and body gesture sensors — as well as heart rate, muscle, and brain wave activity sensors — to help users improve their response to stress, anxiety and loss of concentration. The research was originally intended for use by pilots and air traffic controllers.
“We have a limited ability,” to come up with possible applications for the bio-feedback software, Pope said in an interview. “We’ve thought of a few, like surgical training, assembly training, and video games in particular . . . but we’re expecting and hoping that the Edison Nation community of innovators can think more broadly than that.”
Teams from Edison Nation and NASA will evaluate all entries, which must be submitted through Edison Nation’s site by August 4, 2014.