Articles: Materials
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The ESA has commissioned its industry partners to design a new docking system called the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM).
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Salty air the Dutch city of Harlingen causes exposed metal parts to corrode.
Briefs: Motion Control
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs: Transportation
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Motion Control
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.
Briefs: Automotive

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The reader uses a frequency multiplexer to boost its ability to accurately locate a greater number of RFID tags.
Briefs: Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

Briefs: Test & Measurement

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

Briefs: Test & Measurement

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

Briefs: Energy
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
Briefs: Aerospace
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs: Propulsion
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
Briefs: Software
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
Briefs: Automotive
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
Briefs: Energy
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
Briefs: Materials
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.

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