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NASA's spinoff technologies are outta this world

NASA's technology is often repurposed for commercial use. How do you think we got ear thermometers, LEDs or scratch-resistant glass lenses? Here are a few ways the next wave of NASA tech will benefit the rest of us.
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A handheld medical diagnostic device. A cloud-based way to connect emergency responders. Brain monitoring sensors. A bottle that filters water for you.

These are just a few of the commercial products that were created using technology developed by NASA.

"NASA develops technologies to push the boundaries of what's possible in space, but those same technologies also make life better here on Earth," said Daniel Lockney, NASA's Technology Transfer program executive.

NASA technology has long made its way into our everyday lives. Supercomputers, integrated circuits, robotics, nanotechnology and even the military's pre-packaged field rations all can be directly linked to work done by NASA engineers.

Here are some of the more recent technologies that made a name for themselves.

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