If all that running around or those daily rounds of golf make you tired, don’t worry — NASA still has your back. It created pressure-absorbing material to help cushion and support astronauts during lift-off — a material now more commonly known as memory foam, used to make really comfy beds.
Tempur-Pedic (NYSE:TPX) used this technology — after Swedish scientists further built on the basics — to kick off what would soon become a global company. I’m sure you’ve seen the famous wine glass test — where a glass of red wine doesn’t spill, even as a person jumps on the other side of the bed. If it weren’t for NASA and memory foam technology, you’d have a red bed.
That same memory foam also is used in everything from saddles to football helmets to amusement park rides — all because NASA wanted its pilots to be more comfortable.