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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: Energy
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
Briefs: Energy
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.
Briefs: Energy
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Briefs: Software
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Briefs: Materials
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Briefs: Energy
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Briefs: Imaging
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Transportation
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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...

Briefs: Motion Control
The gyroscope is smaller than a grain of rice — about 500 times smaller than the current state-of-the-art device.
Briefs: Materials
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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Software
Apps could take up less space on a smartphone and apps could download instantly.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.
Briefs: Energy
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.

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