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 yet2.com Technology Marketplace Report for Nov 03 2011
 featuring: Packaging & Optics
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Silicone artistic paint
The silicone artistic paint contains the same pigments as traditional paints. Its application is easy and simple. It has a liquid adhesive and a spray that cross-links when it cools, transforming the paint into a double-component silicone-rubber. It is possible to paint with it using water-color, transparent coating or pastose techniques, or with a thick, so-called three-dimensional application -- with brush, spatula, ink pencils, painting-knife, paint pipe -- with any method. If this silicone artistic paint had been invented centuries ago, we would not have to worry now about the negative effects of time on the classic works of art whose genuineness and brilliant colors, we marvel at. It is the dreaded fear of painters and art collectors alike that one day the painting, which has required a lot of work to accomplish, or an enormous amount of money to buy, starts to get dark, crack, or peel. All of these phenomena occur simply because the paints contain adhesives of vegetal origin, which swell under the impact of humid air. Shrinking then occurs in a dry environment until they completely desiccate, thus oxidation commences, and sooner or later it is time to call the restorer. That is why experts, artists and lovers of art will be equally excited at the arrival of this technology.

Switchable mirror that is electrically switched between mirror and transparent states
The newly developed switchable mirror film can be switched between a mirror state and transparent state by applying several volts, and it remains in its switched state even when the power is cut. The all-solid-state switchable mirror is comprised of an ion-storage layer, a solid electorate layer, a buffer layer, a catalyst layer and a switchable mirror layer. As the switchable mirror layer, Mg alloy (such as Mg-Ni, Mg-Ti, Mg-Ca alloy and so on) is employed and such Mg alloy is initially metallic (reflective) in nature. When the mirror is subjected to a voltage of about 5 volts, metallic Mg alloy is hydrogenated to a nonmetallic state and becomes transparent. The change takes about 15 seconds to complete. When reversing the polarity and a voltage of about -5 volts is applied, the switchable mirror returns to its original reflective (metallic) state. This reverse change takes about 10 seconds to complete. The mirror remains in its changed state even when the power is cut off. The newly developed switchable mirror film can be built on flexible substrates such as plastic films and glass sheets. If this flexible film is attached onto window glass, it permits effective control of the passage of solar radiation at the flick of a switch, thereby giving a reduction in the cooling load inside buildings or cars. The film can also be used in privacy glass or security equipment because, in its reflective state, it prevents the inside of a building or vehicle from being seen from the outside.

Ultra bright, ultra-long-persistence infrared emitters
NIR emitters are heavily sought by the defense, materials and pigments, and anti-counterfeit industries. They are also applicable to solar energy generation, by down-converting visible and UV sunlight into radiation usable by photovoltaic cells. These new NIR emitters satisfy all these needs: radiation is detectable by night vision goggles and does not have side emissions in the visible region; the emission lasts more than 10 hours without the need for "recharging"; the emitters display considerable chemical inertia, and are able to emit even under water; the pigments are miscible with a diversity of liquids and other matrices to form inks, paints, fibers, films, and coatings; the emitter retains good to excellent emission quality on particle sizes ranging from nanometers to multi-micrometer; the emitters are easy and relatively inexpensive to produce using scalable, traditional methods; the emitters are chargeable by sun light even under cloudy conditions; the emitters are colorless (for defense, security and anti-counterfeiting applications). Current NIR emitters fail at least one of these requirements. The materials of the invention satisfy all of them.

Mobile authentication platform-automated process
Our technology provides an AUTOMATED strong authentication process. The platform authenticates the user's security token automatically with no input of numbers or letters from the end-user. The end-user does not have to enter or remember any additional user names or passwords, log-in IDs or secret codes. Most techniques in use today, including biometrics and public-key systems, confirm that a higher level of security is a trade-off between cost and convenience. In the past, authentication solutions were either easy to use and inexpensive, but insecure (such as username and password), or very secure but expensive or difficult to implement (such as OTP tokens and smart-cards). Our Platform delivers an effectually no-cost, high level of security, and a extremely simple set-up compared to any of these alternate solutions. We can offer our technology of an Enterprise-level security feature to the General Public for effectually NO-COST that has kept two-factor authorization out of the hands of the Public until now. We have a working program/prototype that needs some slight fine-tuning. This software can be ready for market in a few weeks. It can be installed into any mobile commerce app, such as a banking mobile app, or on any mobile app that seeks user protection, as in a social media log-in process.

Special seating and positioning tilt-in-space wheelchair
The wheel chair includes wheel frames which can be adjusted up and down, moving devices and brake devices are connected to two respective sides of the two wheel frames. Support devices are connected to the wheel frames so as to adjust the depth of the wheel frames to which arm rest devices and connected. A folding device is connected between the wheel frames and an assistant device is connected to the folding device. A positioning device is connected to tha assistant device so that the wheel chair can be adjusted in many ways to meet different needs of users. The modularized devices effectively reduce manufacturing cost of the wheel chair. It is designed for Cerebral Palsied patients or those disabled who have special posture needs. Compact and assembly design can be folded into car's trunk suitable for general family need. Modularized parts can be quickly replaced or repaired with low cost. Product development is according to aviation technology with high safety standards. Durable frame with adjustable functions for user's needs by their different ages and body postures. Adjustable sitting design with adequate pressure-reduction function to prevent users from pressure sores and to alleviate pain. Easily adjustable tilt angle fits user's daily life in different circumstances. It can carry out various kinds of adjustments, and can improve the facilities on use, and safety. And the exchange of some parts is convenient, and its life-span is long, providing the wheelchair with reduced costs of maintenance. The outlook for this product is potentially increasing by the aged market surge in every country. The novelty technology and design are easily extended into different types of wheelchairs for different use.

Seeking: Natural ingredients for foods that improve insulin-sensitivity and/or post absorptive glucose control
Healthy people and pre-diabetic individuals may have a reduced sensitivity (or resistance) to insulin, a hormone critical to glucose metabolism. We are seeking natural ingredients that we can add to foods that will enhance the body's sensitivity to insulin, and so help maintain post absorptive blood glucose control at a healthy level. We are not seeking a drug and our intention is not to find ingredients specifically for use by diabetics. Potential ingredients will be identified for: Enhanced activation of the insulin signaling pathway; Ability to increase glucose disposal (possibly via enhanced GLUT-4 translocation or activation of AMPK); Lower ectopic lipid accumulation (increased lipid oxidation or reduced lipid accumulation in skeletal muscle and liver). There must be at least some level of scientific proof for the claimed effect (from assays and/or clinical trials). Ideally, we will want to have human clinical evidence to support these claims. Additionally, your solution should provide some evidence that it works via the target mechanism. You must have a clear source origin for your natural ingredients and a sustainable supply chain of raw material.

Seeking: New skin delivery technologies and methods for assessment
Identification and optimization of skin delivery technologies are needed for new product development for skin and hair care. In addition, quantitative determination of the delivery of molecules into the epidermis and dermis following topical application is an important part of our pre-clinical technology screening. We are looking for you to provide new approaches for delivery of small molecules and/or macromolecules into the skin to achieve an increase in rate of skin penetration and/or an increase in duration of skin penetration following topical application. Also: provide a new means of assessing the delivery of molecules into the skin (beyond the use of radioactivity and/or conventional analytical methods such as HPLC and LCMS, etc). You'll be expected to provide supportive data for cosmetic safety clearance.

Seeking: Reversible container marking/labeling technologies that don't require a pen, pencil or marker
Plastic containers are used to hold a variety of items, but people forget what is inside and how long it has been there. Particularly with food, the absence of some identification causes food to be thrown out and money lost. Today consumers use tape and a marker, which takes time and commitment. We are seeking a technology that is reversible and able to communicate the contents of a container to the user with no additional tools (pen, pencil, marker, tape). We have already thought of stickers placed on the container.

Seeking: Pain-free hair removal from the roots
Currently, hairs are removed from the roots with wax, epilators, tweezers, or threads. All these methods are associated with pain during hair plucking. We are seeking a new method/device to remove hairs with reduced or inhibited pain. Potential solutions include: Technologies such as epilation, but implemented in a way that the pain sensation is clearly reduced; Technologies or methods to reduce pain such as cooling or warming. Ideally, we'd find a method or a device that can be converted or directly incorporated into devices to remove hairs from the root, with significantly less pain than with current methods. We are not looking for light-based hair removal or methods that remove hair at the skin surface.

Seeking: Technologies, methods, processes, or coatings to decrease the surface frictional coefficient of steel
This global organization is seeking new or innovative technologies, methods, processes or coatings for steel which will decrease the coefficient of friction. The application requires that thin, 0.2mm, steel components come into shear contact with each other, resulting in slip, wear and heat. The solution of interest would be new or innovative method(s), treatments, or manufacturing changes to decrease the surface friction between these steel surfaces. Solutions could be based around altering the surface of the steel or applying a coating to the steel. The application requires that a shearing force be applied between two steel surfaces resulting in relative movement or slip. The components are lubricated to reduce friction. The steel components are thin and designed to be flexible, so any proposed solution must also have some degree of flexibility, by a radius between 50mm and 100mm. The organisation has experimented with surface patterns on the steel to encourage oil flow across the surface and to encourage the development of a hydrodynamic film. However the method of forming a shallow pattern, with an average depth 0.5 micron, generated burrs which were polished away and affected the frictional properties.

Seeking: Novel, easy-opening features for flexible packs
We need to deliver an easy-to-open consumer experience for flexible packs that is: affordable, intuitive, and reliable. All of our flexible packs need to be opened to access the product inside. This experience is a key component of how the consumer will perceive our Brand's quality. Examples of the typical packs and forms are as follows: diaper bags, shampoo sachets, tissue/towel wraps, granule laundry bags, feminine pad bags, liquid cleaner stand up pouches, etc. These packs are composed of either barrier laminate materials or simple polyethylene materials. We wish to stay away from solutions such as laser perforations, mechanical perforations, tear notches, and peelable seals based on polybutylene contaminate. Ideally, your proposed solution would be ready to commercialize on a large scale. It must be intuitive for consumers to understand how it works.

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