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.

Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
A research team has built a super-high-speed microscope.
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Quantum Computing at Room Temperature
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Fabrication of Multilayer Ferritin Arrays
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrohydraulically Actuated Valve Train
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Briefs: Energy
SMART Solar Sail
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Automates Blood Drawing and Testing
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.
The patch could serve as a personal thermostat and save energy.
This potentially eliminates the need for future re-synchronizations.
An automated system cuts the energy required for training and running neural networks.
Briefs: Transportation
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into New Products
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
Briefs: Propulsion
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Super-Fast Method for Ceramic Manufacturing

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Sodium-Ion Batteries
These can replace rechargeable lithium-ion batteries commonly used in robotics, power tools, and grid-scale energy storage.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Single-Atom Transistors
Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing.
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.

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