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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: Electronics & Computers
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Power
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Energy
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Medical
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Briefs: Tubing & Extrusion
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Aerospace
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Aerospace
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Briefs: Software
Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
This analytic model shows how groups of people influence individual behavior.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Mobile, Wearable EEG Device with Nanowire Sensors
This low-cost electroencephalogram (EEG) device provides research-grade signal quality.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Energy
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
Briefs: Communications
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
Briefs: Aerospace
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Briefs: Medical
This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Aerospace
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.

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