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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: AR/AI
A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include low-light conditions such as on orbital satellites and VR applications where the lens needs to be larger than a pupil.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
Briefs: Materials
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Energy
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
A higher-order network could be built that looks for subtle changes in data that point to suspicious activity.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Materials
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Briefs: Aerospace
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Briefs: Imaging
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Medical
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
Briefs: Wearables
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Temperature data is used to tune, and fix, defects in 3D-printed metallic parts.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
Briefs: Energy
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Aerospace
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The algorithm provides an extra layer of safety and security against hackers of electronic devices.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Briefs: Energy
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.

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