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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: Motion Control
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Briefs: Materials
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Briefs: Materials
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Energy
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Materials
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Energy
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Imaging
Video can be recreated from motion-blurred images and new cameras may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Materials
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Briefs: Materials
This coating could lead to safely reusable personal protective equipment.
Briefs: Software
The method determines whether circuits are accurately executing complex operations that classical computers can’t tackle.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
Briefs: Transportation
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Medical
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”

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