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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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The supports enable the production of higher-quality, less-expensive parts via additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: AR/AI
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Imaging
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: AR/AI
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Energy
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Color changes of gold nanoparticles under the skin reveal concentration changes of substances in the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers at KU Leuven have succeeded for the first time in measuring brain waves directly via a cochlear implant.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: Imaging
The LiDAR-based system could “see through” objects to warn of potential hazards without distracting the driver.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Applications include remote sensing, laser spectroscopy, and gas analysis.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology bends light more efficiently, enabling more immersive augmented reality display systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tiny detectors could record characteristics of light such as color, polarity, and angle.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Software
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
Briefs: Automotive
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This tool could help surgeons better treat tumors and brain diseases.
Briefs: Software
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.

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