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.

Briefs: Motion Control
Robotic Construction System
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D Structural-Sensing Robots
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Briefs: Motion Control
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Underwater Navigation System Powered by Sound
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
The device recharges the internal battery of implants without invasive surgery.
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
These technologies help compress 3D camera files and automate focus and exposure settings.
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Ultrasound is used to deliver antibodies to treat cancers, infectious diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitors for Wearable Devices
These robust supercapacitors still work when stretched to eight times their original size.
Briefs: Imaging
Ultra-Miniaturized Microendoscope
The lens-free scope produces higher-quality images at a fraction of the size.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Plenoptic Camera
This camera enables multi-spectral imaging for metrology.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
Briefs: Materials
Ultrasonic Projector
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Briefs: Tubing & Extrusion
Smart Stent Detects Narrowing of Arteries
The stent monitors even subtle changes in the flow of blood through the artery.
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Optimal Information About the Invisible
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.

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