Californian Engineers Make Chameleon-like Artificial Skin that Changes Color on Demand

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 13:25

Californian engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have produced thin, chameleon like material which is able to change color on demand by applying a minute of force.


This invention is completely applicable to an entirely new class of display technologies, color-shifting camouflage, and sensors that can detect otherwise imperceptible defects in buildings, bridges, and aircraft.

Connie J. Chang-Hasnain, a member of the Berkeley team and co-author on a paper released in Optica, The Optical Society’s (OSA) new high impact journal, said: “This is the time anybody has made a flexible chameleon like skin that can change color simply by flexing it”.

According to the research and for this demonstration, the researchers created a one-centimeter of silicon. Chang-Hasnain also said that: “the next step is to make this larger-scale and there are facilities already that could do so. At that point, we hope to be able to find applications in entertainment, security, and monitoring”.

This chameleon material also could be used by its consumers in creating an active camouflage on the exterior of vehicles that would change color to match better to the surrounding environment.



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