Electrical/​Electronics

Access our comprehensive library of electrical and electronics technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wearable Device Monitors Health
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spin Capacitor for Energy-Efficient Electronics
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
System Provides Cooling with No Electricity
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: AR/AI
Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
This analytic model shows how groups of people influence individual behavior.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Electric Nanoscale Device Sees Through Walls
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wearable Air Conditioning
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.

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