Imaging

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

Briefs: Software
This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
Briefs: Imaging
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
Briefs: Imaging
This program enhances images and videos for smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Briefs: Materials
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Briefs: Energy
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This inexpensive system can detect lead levels below EPA standards.
Briefs: Materials
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Briefs: Imaging
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Transportation

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: Aerospace
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Camera Enables Surgeons to More Easily Identify Cancerous Tissue

Many surgeons rely on sight and touch to find cancerous tissue during surgery. Large hospitals or cancer treatment centers may also use experimental near-infrared fluorescent agents that bind to tumors so surgeons can see them on specialized displays. These machines are costly,...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Thermal cameras like forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensors are actively deployed on aerial and ground vehicles, in watch towers, and at check points for surveillance purposes. More recently,...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed a new self-calibrating endoscope that produces 3D images of objects smaller than a single cell without a lens or any optical, electrical, or...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

High quality camera performance on mobile devices has proven to be one of the features that most end-users aim for. The importance of optical image quality improvement and the trend to have thinner and thinner...

Briefs: Imaging
A new imaging method extracts a color image from a single exposure of light scattered through a mostly opaque material.
Briefs: Imaging

UCLA engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network — a device inspired by how the human brain works — that can identify objects or process...

Briefs: Automotive

Most of us know optical lenses as curved, transparent pieces of plastic or glass, designed to focus light for microscopes, spectacles, cameras, and more. For the most part, a...

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