January 14, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA as we usually call it, has released an official Android app called NASA Spinoff.
The application is a client for Spinoff: NASA’s yearly publication about successfully commercialized NASA technology. NASA has been transferring some of its innovations to the private sector for over 40 years, and Spinoff highlights those endeavors.
While the app may not be as impressive as some of NASA’s releases for iOS, and the choice of color scheme perhaps is somewhat questionable, Spinoff seems like a pretty cool app. Among other things, it features an interesting time-line of NASA inventions. Use the button below to install NASA Spinoff if you want to give it a try.
From the developers:
“For over 50 years, NASA has created new technologies with direct benefit to the private sector, supporting global competition and the economy. The resulting commercialization has contributed to products and services in the fields of health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, environmental resources, computer technology, and industry. Since 1976, NASA has featured these technologies in its Spinoff publication.
The NASA Spinoff application contains a feed of NASA’s latest technology news, a searchable database of NASA-derived innovations, a map of spinoff locations, a historical timeline, and a database of NASA’s available licensing opportunities to inspire the spinoffs of the future.”