NASA develops high-tech products and solutions for the most challenging and inhospitable environments imaginable, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, but many in the construction industry aren’t aware that it can bring that cutting-edge technology to the jobsite.
“The technologies that we discover along our path to space have benefits to life back here on Earth,” Steven Gonzalez, NASA technology transfer strategist, told AEM. “Starting from the very beginning, we have been incentivized to use our technology to help improve life, and to create new markets and new industries from our technology,” including construction.
Take Robonaut, for example. Developed to aid astronauts with physical and maintenance tasks in space, the robot utilizes advanced autonomy, sensor networks and robotic controls, the article explains. Those same features go a long way on the ground as well.
“For the manufacturing industry, we created a glove that allows workers in an assembly plant to offload about 10 pounds of pressure from their wrist and their hand so they don’t get carpal tunnel from the repetitive motions,” Gonzalez said.
NASA also has years of experience developing and fine-tuning both AI and internet of things (IoT) technology as well, and believes it could be on the forefront of that space, making its offerings ripe for the construction industry to make leaps forward from its traditional stance of lagging in adoption of tech.
More than 1,400 NASA patents and a thousand software applications are available for engineers to peruse and choose to adopt through a partnership with the space agency, the article notes.
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