PHOTOS: Seven Gadgets to Save the Planet -- And Lives

PHOTOS: Seven Gadgets to Save the Planet -- And Lives
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LifeBelt CPR (pictured above in an artist's concept), can help restart the heart. The device beat out a record 1,091 entries to win top honors in the annual Create the Future Design Contest, NASA Tech Briefs announced March 10, 2009. The magazine organizes the contest "to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation."

LifeBelt CPR, which amplifies the force applied by rescuers performing CPR, won its inventor, Thomas Lach of Columbus, Ohio, U.S. $20,000.

Most people can only do CPR effectively for about two minutes, and paramedics often take eight to ten minutes to arrive. The new tool makes it easier to do the compressions for longer periods and includes a readout to ensure that the motions are done properly.

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—Photograph courtesy NASA Tech Briefs
 
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