Squid-inspired tech could lead to color-changing smart materials

If you've ever watched a cephalopod such as a squid changing color, then you'll know that it's a pretty amazing process - they can instantly change the appearance of their skin from dark to light and back again, or even create pulsating bands of color that travel across it. They are able to do this thanks to muscles that manipulate the pigmentation of their skin. Now, scientists from the University of Bristol have succeeded in creating artificial muscles and cells, that might someday allow for the same sort of color changes in smart clothing that can camouflage itself against different backgrounds... Continue Reading Squid-inspired tech could lead to color-changing smart materialsSection: Research WatchTags: Biomimicry, Clothing, Smart Fabric, University of Bristol Related Articles: Scientists create artificial skin that stretches like the real thing Squse robotic hand a soft touch Vet students learn surgery on 'fake' animal tissue Color-changing, heat-sensitive bandage indicates infection 'Super skin' power

Squid-inspired tech could lead to color-changing smart materials

If you've ever watched a cephalopod such as a squid changing color, then you'll know that it's a pretty amazing process - they can instantly change the appearance of their skin from dark to ...

Wed 2 May 12 from Gizmag

Squid and zebrafish cells inspire camouflaging smart materials

Researchers from the University of Bristol have created artificial muscles that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic the remarkable camouflaging abilities of organisms such as ...

Wed 2 May 12 from Phys.org

New "GraphExeter" material could enable "smart" mirrors, windows or t-shirts

Currently, virtually all touchscreen displays found in our electronic devices rely on a coating of indium tin oxide (ITO). It is used because of its electrical conductivity, its optical transparency, ...

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Gizmag

Inventors Claim Graphene Hybrid Could Revolutionize Electronics Industry

Can a material that outperforms other carbon-based transparent conductors change the electronics industry?

Fri 27 Apr 12 from IEEE Spectrum

GraphExeter: New graphene-based material could revolutionise electronics industry

(Phys.org) -- The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity has been invented by a team from the University of Exeter.

Fri 27 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Artificial 'Cuttlefish' Muscles Contract for Camouflage

Materials inspired by color-changing animals could be used for camouflage or to balance temperatures.

Thu 3 May 12 from Discovery.com

Smart materials to aid camouflage

Smart clothes that change colour could help people to camouflage - just like squids do, say scientists.

Wed 2 May 12 from BBC Technology

British scientists create artificial 'muscles' that can copy squid's ability to instantly change colour

Scientists at the University of Bristol say that the artificial 'skin' could be used in smart fabric that could change colour - similar to camouflaging tricks seen in nature.

Wed 2 May 12 from Daily Mail

Color-Changing Artificial Muscles Do Camouflage

The new muscles could be used to create Predator-style smart clothing that disappears into the background.

Wed 2 May 12 from Livescience

Silkworms and squid inspire smart materials

(Reuters) - Car panels made of silkworm cocoons, clothing that can camouflage the wearer at the flick of a switch and a "smart" shirt with a phone and power source embedded in the fabric.

Tue 1 May 12 from Reuters

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