'Skin' Changes Color on Demand

March 12, 2015 7:06 PM

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Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from UC Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color — on demand — by simply applying a minute amount of force.

This new material-of-many-colors offers intriguing possibilities for an entirely new class of display technologies, color-shifting camouflage and sensors that can detect otherwise imperceptible defects in buildings, bridges and aircraft.

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