Tech Briefs

Motion Control/​Automation

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on motion control and automation, from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

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This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Insect-Inspired Arms Improve Drones
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Trunk Support Assists Those with Spinal Cord Injury
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Briefs : Motion Control
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Assemble Large Structures from Little Pieces
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Circulating Liquid Stores Energy and Provides Power
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
Briefs : Materials
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs : Transportation
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs : Transportation
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Artificial Skin Provides Haptic Feedback
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.

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