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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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Communications
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: Wearables
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
Briefs: Software
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Briefs: Materials
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
Briefs: Lighting
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The unit could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Briefs: Energy
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
Briefs: Transportation
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
Briefs: Energy
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.

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