With a tug and a twist, new chameleon-like material changes color

March 13, 2015 3:16 PM

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Taking inspiration from nature, UC Berkeley engineers have created an ultra-thin film that can shift colors as easily as a chameleon’s skin when pulled or twisted.

The thin-skinned material could be developed into active camouflage on vehicle exteriors, or a new class of display technologies. It could also be used as an early warning system for structural fatigue by changing color when critical components on bridges, buildings or the wings of airplanes are str...

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