They may not be iPhones and hover boards, but Long Island has laid claim to several cool products and technology of its own over the years. Here are a handful of the latest and greatest developed on Long Island.
TV graphics by ChyronHego
Are you familiar with all of those graphics that run along the bottom or side of television news broadcasts? Somebody has to develop them, and that somebody is most likely ChyronHego, based in Melville. The company offers a wide suite of graphics applications employed by news and sports broadcasters to provide additional information to viewers, such as the speaker's identity, breaking news, the upcoming forecast or even TV station branding.
Chemical/fire-protective gear by Lakeland Industries
Lakeland Industries has firefighters covered -- literally. In addition to fire-protective gear, the Ronkonkoma-based firm also provides clients with chemical-protective clothing, electrostatic-preventing gear and even simple reflective vests worn at most construction sites. Lakeland Industries CEO Christopher Ryan is shown with some of the company's safety apparel on Feb. 20, 2014.
Guitar strings, drum heads by D'Addario & Co.
One of the world's largest manufacturers of guitar strings happens to be located right here on Long Island. Farmingdale-based D'Addario & Co. has made the strings on the guitars of some of rock's biggest legends, but in recent years it also has expanded into manufacturing other musical instrument-related products, including drum sticks, drum heads and reeds for woodwinds.
SPD-SmartGlass technology by Research Frontiers Inc.
These days the word "smart" is applied to just about everything: Phones, homes and even whiteboards are becoming "smart." So why not glass? Woodbury-based Research Frontiers' SPD-SmartGlass technology takes traditional window glass to the next level, allowing users to electronically tint the glass to their liking with the touch of a button. Not only does SPD-SmartGlass keep out sunlight on cue, but the tinted glass also can block up to 95 percent of the associated heat, according to company.
SigNature DNA by Applied DNA Sciences
DNA may be the building blocks of life, but for Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, it's also the building blocks of business. The firm's SigNature DNA product utilizes botanical DNA as a marker that can be used as an untraceable, inimitable anti-counterfeiting measure. Some manufactured parts from all over the world already have SigNature DNA markers placed on them, a feature that lets assembly firms know they're the real deal.
Children’s ride-on vehicles by Giggo Toys
Some kids may have a Jeep Power Wheels, but it's safe to bet that few have their own ride-on tank, NYPD motorbike or NYC taxi cab. Those kids whose parents picked up the latest product offering from Lake Success-based Giggo Toys, however, can lay claim to that statement. Giggo Toys, whose products are billed as for kids aged 2 to 7, has scaled-down versions of real-life vehicles, including various types of motorcycles.
Frozen wine by Frosae
It's an age-old debate: Have an extra drink with dinner, or save room for a decadent dessert? That's where East Patchogue-based Frosae comes in with its frozen wine. Company officials bill the dessert's creamy texture as somewhere between an Italian ice and gelato, but with the (reduced) alcohol content of wine. Two of Frosae's current flavors -- Elegant White (Sauvignon Blanc) and Royal Red (Merlot) -- feature wine from Long Island vineyards, while its Chocolate Merlot flavor is based on ChocoVine, imported from the Netherlands.
Streaming video by NeuLion
Plainview-based NeuLion's Internet Protocol Television capabilities allow for live streaming of high-definition video content to TVs and mobile devices anywhere in the world. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, NeuLion provided 5,600 hours of streamed live sports coverage to the people of China via the country's government TV station and online streaming video service.
Fleet tracking GPS by Vehicle Tracking Solutions
"How's my driving?" bumper stickers could become a thing of the past with Commack-based Vehicle Tracking Solutions' Silent Passenger. The GPS and fleet tracking technology has it all covered -- from the exact location of each company vehicle to the driver's identity, vehicle speed and maintenance schedule. CEO John M. Cunningham Jr. is shown with various vehicles utilizing his company's technology on July 2, 2013.