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.

This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Machine Learning Method for Battery Development
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mechanical Controller for Robot-Assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery has advanced dramatically over the past decade in almost every surgical sub-specialty. Robot-assisted surgery is usually performed using surgical robot systems that...

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