The Future is Already Here
William Gibson's observation that "the future has arrived, it's just not evenly distributed yet" aptly describes many of the groundbreaking technologies that are just now becoming a reality at Lincoln Laboratory. For example, Laboratory researchers developed the Localizing Ground-Penetrating Radar that enables an autonomous ground vehicle to consistently localize itself and stay in its lane, even during snow storms.
New Technology Initiatives
The New Technology Initiatives (NTI) Board is made up of the Technology Office leadership and Laboratory staff from all research areas. The board oversees the funding of advanced technology development. The NTI funds applied research that combines mature components and ideas in novel ways to solve a specific problem. Demonstrations of the promising concepts and systems allow researchers to assess and answer sponsors' concerns that development of the new technologies is a high risk venture.
The NTI supports research in diverse areas.
Researchers in biomedical systems developed EnteroPhone™, a wireless, ingestible device that monitors a person's vital signs from within the gastrointestinal tract. A multidisciplinary team created the Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) that locates the source of laser beams aimed at aircraft and relays that information to law enforcement.