NASA inventions we use every day
Fogless coating for goggles and glasses - To prevent its spacecraft windows from fogging up, NASA developed a fogless coating for the glass that was later licensed to more than 60 companies.
Ear thermometers -
Used by parents of sick babies and toddlers, these thermometers use infrared anatomy technology, which was invented by NASA and Diatek.
Wireless headphones -
NASA developed wireless headsets to allow astronauts to communicate hands-free and without wires.
Enriched baby formula -
NASA first tested the use of microalgae as a nutritional enrichment ingredient for long-duration space travel.
Precision GPS - NASA created a technology that allows you to still use the GPS on your phone even without any wireless connection.
Ski boots -
Ski boots, which allow for precision skiing, use an adaptation of the technology used in spacesuit joints.
Computer mouse -
In the '60s, NASA developed the computer mouse to make computers more interactive by enabling users to manipulate data on the screen.
Memory foam -
Temper foam, also known as memory foam, was first created as padding to improve airline crash protection.
Scratch-resistant lenses -
In the '70s, NASA developed a way to apply a specific kind of thin plastic coating on the spacecraft.
Safe packaged food -
Originally intended to ensure the safety of foods for spaceflights, NASA and Pillsbury created a new systemic approach to quality control for prepackaged foods.
Aluminized Mylar -
Used to regulate body temperature, these blankets were developed by NASA to protect spacecrafts and astronauts from extreme dips in temperature.
Elements of consumer laptops -
In 1983, NASA added its tech to an early laptop, called the Shuttle Portable Onboard Computer (SPOC).
Camera phones -
In the '90s, NASA created a camera small enough to fit on a spacecraft without sacrificing the quality. The technology is now used in your phone's camera.
Ice-resistant airplanes -
Thanks to a thermoelectric deicing system called Thermawing, which was developed by NASA, we can safely fly through freezing conditions.
Transparent polycrystalline alumina - Invisible braces are made using transparent polycrystalline alumina, which was originally developed by NASA to track heat-seeking missiles.
CAT scans -
Used every day by people in the medical profession, CAT scans were originally developed to create advanced digital images for space programs.
Safer highways -
To prevent aircraft accidents on wet runways, NASA developed a grooving technique in the concrete. This is now used on highways as well.
High-power solar cells -
If you live in a home outfitted with crystal silicon solar power cells, you have NASA to thank for your lower energy bills.