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: Unmanned Systems
Navigation Measurement Software
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Soft Hardware for More Flexible Robots
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
Briefs: Motion Control
Solenoid Valve Health Monitor

The Solenoid Valve Health Monitor System (SVHMS) was developed to remotely monitor the health of solenoid valves, lowering operational costs and increasing reliability by predicting valve failures before they...

The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Small, Precise, Affordable Gyroscope Navigates Without GPS
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
The process provides a cost-effective solution for applications in space-based imaging systems, military reconnaissance, and satellite and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Device Modulates Light and Amplifies Tiny Signals
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
Briefs: Imaging
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Method Turns Trash Into Graphene
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Propulsion
Supersonic Spike Diffuser
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spin Capacitor for Energy-Efficient Electronics
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
System Provides Cooling with No Electricity
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.

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