Invention

For Northwell 3D, the Q-tip of the innovation iceberg

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed nasal swab created by a multistate academic-industry collaboration is up to snuff, and has begun circulating through resources-strapped healthcare facilities. Northwell Health – partnering with the University of South Florida and Massachusetts-based additive-manufacturing expert Formlabs – has successfully tested prototype swabs meeting federal standards for COVID-19 testing. The swabs, comprised of “biocompatible autoclavable resins” from Formlabs’ stocks and based on initial designs out of USF’s 3D Clinical Applications Division,…

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EPCAL delay diverts Luminati VTOL to upstate landing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An aerospace company looking to make a splash in the emerging field of solar-powered flight has reached back through the decades to power up an ambitious new division. Over the last year, Calverton-based Luminati Aerospace has gobbled up entire helicopter-manufacturing firms, and key assets from several other rotor-based companies, including Gyrodyne LLC (formerly Gyrodyne Company of America) and Rotor Flight Dynamics. These acquisitions of companies, designs and manufacturing rights are the…


Perpetual flight, endless optimism at Luminati

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Bodies in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion file comes Luminati Aerospace, which has achieved what it’s calling “perpetual stratospheric flight.” According to the Calverton-based company, a “groundbreaking in-flight experiment” and two years of subsequent data-crunching prove “perpetual stratospheric flight by means of fully automated vortex-seeking formation flight” is possible. In English: The startup aerospace company’s solar-powered planes can stay aloft virtually forever – a potentially ginormous breakthrough that…


With ‘smart safe,’ IPS locks up another prestigious win

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s leading product-design firms has added another prestigious award to its bulging trophy case. Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions has earned another International A’ Design Award, granted by the A’ Design Award & Competition organization to promote professional designers and other global innovators. IPS and Solo Technology Holdings – an Internet of Things specialist based in Westchester County – announced Thursday that they’ve earned an International A’ Design Award…


Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


SBU science runs wild among 2018 NAI inductees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation abounds among the 15 Stony Brook University faculty members being welcomed today into the National Academy of Inventors. The national academy’s SBU chapter, which debuted in 2016 with an intellectually staggering 30-member opening class, was scheduled to induct 15 new members Tuesday evening during its annual meeting at the university’s Charles B. Wang Center. The latest inductees span a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Dennis Galanakis – an SBU…


Makers unite: (Re-)inventor combines creative clubs

By GREGORY ZELLER // And then there was one. And that was the plan all along, according to founder Brian Fried, who has merged the Nassau and Suffolk county inventors clubs he created into a single entity – the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, brought to you by the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, located on the campus of Farmingdale State College. That’s where the new organization will hold its monthly meetings, beginning this…