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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Octopus-Inspired Soft Robotic Arm
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Self-Assembling Robot Cubes Form Various Structures
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robotic Assembly of Photovoltaic Arrays
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Algorithm Improves Navigation of Autonomous Driving Robots
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D-Printed Sweating Robot Muscle
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Testing Swarming Drones
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft, Self-Actuated Pump for Mechatronic Devices
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.
This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technology Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Integrated Microchips for Electronic Skin
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Thermally Conductive, Stretchable Rubber Material
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
This technology provides rapid results, improving hospital workflow and patient care.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technique Mass-Produces Cell-Sized Robots
This process could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
The “E-dermis” will enable amputees to perceive through prosthetic fingertips.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Motion Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Aquatic Robot Cleans Water
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mechatronic System Integration and Design

Briefs: Aerospace

Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts

Briefs: Materials

Developing Ceramic-Like Bulk Metallic Glass Gears

Briefs: Materials

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