The camera on the back of your cellphone got its start in the sky. The same goes for many of the baby formulas for sale today, and for the technology behind laser eye surgery.
Those disparate products and processes — and many, many more — have their roots in technology developed by NASA.
“Of all the research labs out there, NASA just has one of the most unique histories of creating spinoffs that end up being commercial products,” said Ben Solomon, founder and managing partner of Washington, D.C.-area venture accelerator FedTech.
FedTech works with entrepreneurs to commercialize technology from federal agencies like the departments of energy or defense.
“With FedTech, the reason we exist and the reason that we work every day is we look at what’s next,” said Solomon, who grew up in Northeast Ohio.
While the company typically works with a variety of agencies, it recently worked with