A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Biocontainment Unit for Virus-Sized Particles
The unit could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Next-Generation Computer Chip Has Two Heads
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Supercool Mini-Thermometer
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Autonomous HVAC System Measures Facial Temperature
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Method Makes Computer Memory from Titanium Oxide
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.

Researchers have created the prototype for a handheld device to measure a biomarker for cancer. The device works much like the monitors that people with diabetes use to test their blood-sugar levels...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wearable Device Measures Cortisol in Sweat
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
The patch uses painless, biodegradable microneedles.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
The system can recharge the internal battery of devices without invasive surgery or risky penetrative procedures.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Handheld Device Diagnoses Skin Cancer
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
The system is filled with a patient’s skin cells.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Platform for All-Optical Computing
Computations are done solely with beams of light.
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Collision Detector Mimics Locust Swarms
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Human-Like Hands with Flexible, Hybrid Pneumatic Actuators
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Motion Control
Compact, Long-Reach Robotic Arm
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.

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