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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printable Chemical Nanosensor
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
The improved rectennas could operate low-power devices such as temperature sensors.
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Briefs: Aerospace
Space Weather Database
The DONKI application provides daily interpretations of space weather observations, analysis, and models.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Manufacturing Ultra-Thin Camera Lenses
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
4D Printing of Morphing Structures
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: Wearables
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linking Materials May Transform Robots Made of Robots
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Split-Ring Torque Sensor
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Low-Energy Nanolaser Shines in all Directions
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Sensing Magnetic Fields
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biocontainment Unit for Virus-Sized Particles
The unit could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

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