Press Release

Johns Hopkins APL’s Ultracompact, Efficient Cooling Device Earns 2023 R&D 100 Award

Wed, 08/23/2023 - 08:45

The Wearable Thin-Film Thermoelectric Cooling (TFTEC) device, developed at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, was named as a 2023 R&D 100 Awards winner as one of the top 100 revolutionary technologies in the world.

The TFTEC device, one of the world’s smallest, most intense and fastest refrigeration technologies, is used to provide cool sensations in phantom limbs, prosthetics and haptics, and was selected as a winner in the IT/Electrical category. Another APL-developed technology — a suite of machine-learning algorithms named Prometheus, Euclid and Seagull, used for unsupervised analysis of multimodal data — was named a finalist in that same category.

“This is well-deserved recognition of these exceptional technologies and of the talented teams that created them,” said APL Director Ralph Semmel. “These breakthroughs are just two examples of the results of the Laboratory’s focus on creating innovations that contribute to our nation’s leadership in science and technology.”

APL has won multiple R&D 100 Awards, including two in 2022: one for the cyber defense capability known as More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS) and a second for the Airborne Collision Avoidance System for Small Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (ACAS sXu).