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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: RF & Microwave Electronics
The antenna is designed for use in extreme conditions such as outer space.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This method enables users to control their robotic fingers precisely enough to gently land on fragile surfaces.
Briefs: Aerospace
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
Briefs: Imaging
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
Briefs: Motion Control
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: AR/AI
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Briefs: Imaging
Rather than using supecomputers, heart function simulation can be performed at the CT scanner.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.
Briefs: Materials

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Briefs: Medical
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
Briefs: Energy
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Imaging
High-Performance, Low-Field MRI for Cardiac and Lung Imaging
The system could enhance image-guided procedures that diagnose and treat disease and make medical imaging more affordable and accessible.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Briefs: Materials
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.

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