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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: Imaging
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Briefs: Tubing & Extrusion
The stent monitors even subtle changes in the flow of blood through the artery.
Briefs: Imaging
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
Briefs: Imaging
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A patch of needles connected to a paper sensor diagnoses conditions such as prediabetes.
Briefs: Wearables
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lies in their reliability.
Briefs: Aerospace
A mathematical framework can help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use and where they must be positioned in aircraft and other machines.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
Briefs: Aerospace
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Materials
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Materials
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Aerospace
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.

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