Briefs: Communications
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
Briefs: Imaging
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
Briefs: Aerospace
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: AR/AI
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Briefs: Imaging
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Briefs: Communications
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Briefs: Software
Rather than using supecomputers, heart function simulation can be performed at the CT scanner.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.
Briefs: Wearables

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: Communications
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA’s neutral body position research was used in the design of a medical massage chair.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
A low-cost sensor enables at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how Dr. Andrei Kolmakov and his team are using low-energy electron beams to 3D-print tiny gel structures in liquids.
Question of the Week: Materials
Should We Use Chitin to Build on Mars?

In the latest episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here's an Idea™, researcher Javier Gomez Fernandez talks about his idea for making habitats on Mars. Fernandez envisions using chitin from insects – and combining the substance with the Martian soil – to create a kind of sustainable building...

Blog: Aerospace
An Israel-based company called Eviation is working on an all-electric aircraft known as "Alice." Will it match the speeds of a jet?
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By jumpstarting electrons, a team at Washington University in St. Louis has developed sensors that can power themselves for more than a year.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

INSIDER: Motion Control

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

INSIDER: Motion Control

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

Blog: Data Acquisition
The model analyzes three factors that drive infection risk: where people go in the course of a day; how long they linger; and how many other people are visiting the same place at the same time.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
Question of the Week: Software
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

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