Imaging

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

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
Briefs: Imaging
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Briefs: Imaging
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Briefs: Energy
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
Briefs: Imaging
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The mobile system could reduce healthcare workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The device can translate expressions into emojis or silent speech commands.
Briefs: Imaging
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
Briefs: Automotive
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: Imaging
The system allows multiple users to interact with the same VR app on smartphones, providing opportunities for education, healthcare, and entertainment.
Briefs: Lighting
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Briefs: Imaging
Rather than using supecomputers, heart function simulation can be performed at the CT scanner.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Infrared Detectors Enhance Night-Vision Cameras
The ability to enhance night vision could improve what can be seen in space, in chemical and biological disaster areas, and on the battlefield.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: AR/AI
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.
Briefs: Imaging
High-Performance, Low-Field MRI for Cardiac and Lung Imaging
The system could enhance image-guided procedures that diagnose and treat disease and make medical imaging more affordable and accessible.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and heliophysics research.

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