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.

It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
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: Test & Measurement
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.
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

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.
Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Streaming Software Speeds Apps
Apps could take up less space on a smartphone and apps could download instantly.
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Briefs: Materials
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
Briefs: Communications
Laser Radio Transmitter
This device transmits data via a semiconductor laser, opening the door to ultra-high-speed WiFi.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
RFID-Based System Enables Internet of Things
The technology could help in elder care with sensors throughout a home.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.

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