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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is offering a $15,000 innovation award to anyone who can come up with a best design for a medical stretcher that can be carried into a combat zone by a single rescuer, quickly prepared to load an injured soldier and moved out of the site and into a helicopter.

The latest in a growing number of government initiated innovation challenges is hosted by InnoCentive Inc. The challenge, which was posted in late December and is open until Feb. 28, requires only a written proposal. Keep reading →

When scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) were tasked with creating a way to stop a fleeing vehicle moving at high speed, they turned to crowd-sourcing for a solution. What they got was an ingenious idea from a retired, 66-year-old South American engineer, Dante Barbis (pictured above).

Using InnoCentive Inc.’s open innovation platform (discussed in video below), AFRL and its research partner, the Wright Brothers Institute, posted a $25,000 challenge contest last March for a viable and inexpensive means for stopping a speeding vehicle without harming any of its occupants or causing significant damage to the vehicle. Keep reading →