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NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Precision Position Feedback for Smart Manufacturing
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Construction System
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D Structural-Sensing Robots
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Motion Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Resolution Multi-Spectral Camera
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Briefs: Aerospace
Fast-Tunable Laser System
The system provides high tuning capability and extreme simplicity.
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone-Based Diabetes Detector
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Power, Portable Terahertz Laser
The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Big Data from Little Data
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Applications include spectroscopy and LiDAR.
The device recharges the internal battery of implants without invasive surgery.
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
These technologies help compress 3D camera files and automate focus and exposure settings.
Briefs: Wearables
Completely Flat Fisheye Lens
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.