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21 New Technologies to Be Featured in LabTech in Your Life

The FLC is excited to announce that 21 new technologies will be featured in the second shoot of the LabTech in Your Life virtual home environment. These technologies represent a wide range of household items that were developed by federal laboratories and went on to achieve significant success in the commercial marketplace.

LabTech in Your Life is the FLC’s newest platform that provides an interactive, educational experience for users to learn about technology transfer (T2) and the positive impact federal research and development can have on our everyday lives. The first iteration of the virtual environment launched in July 2018 featured 27 technologies throughout 6 living spaces. Represented are technologies from the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Since its launch, the platform has received positive reviews from the T2 community. With approximately 1600 views and an average user time of over 11 minutes, LabTech provides a space for labs to showcase their tech successes. In response to feedback from the community to add even more technologies to the environment, the FLC put out a call this past winter for labs to submit techs to be considered for the second shoot of the home.

The FLC received 41 submissions, 21 of which will be incorporated in the reshoot. New technologies include a wearable fitness tracker from NAVSEA Crane, award-winning tires from Sandia National Laboratories, and xanthan gum that is commonly found in foods such as salad dressings and ice cream from USDA.

In addition to the 21 new technologies, an outdoor patio area will be added to the virtual tour. The reshoot will take place this week, and a relaunch of the environment will follow this summer.

Plans to expand the LabTech in Your Life platform to build a future environment are currently in discussion. Expansion ideas include a hospital or airport environment.

To learn more about LabTech in Your Life and to view the current environment, visit labtechinyourlife.com.

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