New UF tech includes data masker, skin-care product improver

UF’s Office of Technology Licensing has dozens of newly developed technologies waiting for entrepreneurs to turn them into viable commercial products. Here are a few that were recently released:

Vitamin C additive could improve skin-care products

An additive derived from vitamin C and developed by a team of UF researchers could make skin-care products more effective. The prodrug is intended for use in topical creams and anti-aging cosmetics, ultimately improving skin’s appearance. The vitamin is believed to do so by combating oxidative damage that results from UV radiation, among other factors. Other similar derivatives are less stable in the presence of UV radiation and have been less efficient in delivering the vitamin to human skin.

Universal 3-D antennae to improve signal quality, reduce manufacturing costs

A 3-D antennae created by a team of UF researchers has the potential to improve the quality of data transmitted wirelessly. Comparable 3-D super wideband antennas on the market can provide better omnidirectional signals, but they are expensive to manufacture. The UF-developed monopole model is cheaper to produce and can be applied to nearly any wireless data device or system.

Algorithm hides sensitive patient data but makes general statistics available

A major challenge in scientific research is lack of data availability due to privacy concerns. Data breaches are estimated to cost the United States $5.85 million in 2014. Many current techniques remove the identity of the data providers but leave the remaining information unencrypted. While other encryption methods are more secure, they make the encrypted data unusable. A team of UF researchers has developed a data-masking method that enables the simultaneous use and masking of patients’ sensitive data. This algorithm will enable researchers to completely hide original, sensitive data from everyone including data collectors. But the algorithm still allows many commonly used statistical techniques to produce accurate statistical results when applied to the encrypted data.

High-efficiency sustainable energy source uses low-input voltage

A team of UF researchers has developed a sustainable energy source that uses a high-efficiency method for harvesting low-input voltage. This technique provides a marketable advantage in the rapidly growing field of sustainable energy sources. The equipment offers high-efficiency AC/DC conversion of low-voltage inputs with a self-powered comparator. Converting low-voltage AC waveform into DC with low-power budget is challenging while useful in many applications such as energy harvesting and signal processing.

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