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.

A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wool-Like Material Remembers and Changes Shape
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Smart, Self-Powered Knee Implants
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Medical
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.
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Self-Assembling Robot Cubes Form Various Structures
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: Electronics & Computers
Method Turns Fruit Peels into New Batteries
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Faster-Degrading Plastic for Marine Uses
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
This sensor makes it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the function of real organs.
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogel-Reinforced Composites
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lenslet-Based Integral Field Spectrograph
Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and heliophysics research.
The dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Briefs: Imaging
Infrared Detectors Enhance Night-Vision Cameras
The ability to enhance night vision could improve what can be seen in space, in chemical and biological disaster areas, and on the battlefield.
Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by precisely locating the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.
Briefs: Communications
Long-Range Wireless Sensor Network
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.

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