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A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Latest Tech Briefs

Briefs: Energy
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An off-the-shelf USB camera captures the shadows made by hand gestures on the robot’s skin.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This robotic arm fuses data from a camera and antenna to locate and retrieve items buried under piles and completely out of view.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Briefs: Lighting
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used to create housing in outer space.
Briefs: Imaging
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
Briefs: Energy
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists are working to improve the image resolution of X-ray techniques.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The comb detects even the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases in the air or look for disease in human breath.
Briefs: Aerospace
The camera was designed for use in space and other extreme environments.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The instrument identifies, quantifies, and characterizes contamination, even on irregularly shaped surfaces.
Briefs: Materials
The new printing method coaxes particles and droplets into precise patterns using the power of sound.
Briefs: Materials
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The inexpensive, convenient devices can measure exposure to a class of chemicals that can be harmful during pregnancy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method could help firefighters find victims inside buildings and could track hypersonic objects such as missiles and space debris.
Briefs: Automotive
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modern PLCs now include IT-capable software and communications protocols, empowering users to easily access edge-sourced data and integrate it with the enterprise.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides accurate results on concentrations below levels that represent an immediate danger to life and health.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings (FROCs) can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Aerospace
New Variables for Iterative Transform Phase Retrieval
This approach provides a more general framework for performing Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) calculations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The model helps researchers fine-tune battery performance.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include planetary exploration and imaging systems used in surveillance, navigation, and target recognition.

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