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.

The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Octopus-Inspired Soft Robotic Arm
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Sunlight Converts Emissions into Useful Materials
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
3D-Printed Sweating Robot Muscle
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Tiny, Magnetically Powered Neural Stimulator
Tests show magnetoelectric power is a viable option for clinical-grade implants.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ambient Light Alters Refraction in 2D Material
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hybrid Material is an Efficient Photodetector
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Mass-Producible, Centimeter-Scale Metalens
Applications include low-light conditions such as on orbital satellites and VR applications where the lens needs to be larger than a pupil.
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
“One-Way” Electronic Devices
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Integrated Microchips for Electronic Skin
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
A higher-order network could be built that looks for subtle changes in data that point to suspicious activity.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Testing Swarming Drones
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Turns Nearly any Object into a Data Storage Unit
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technology Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Drawing Electronics on Human Skin
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.