03 May '12, 4pm

Color-Changing Squid Inspire Technology that Could Finally Get Us That Invisibility Cloak

Color-Changing Squid Inspire Technology that Could Finally Get Us That Invisibility Cloak

Let's face it. We've all dreamed of rocking an invisibility cloak, but so far scientists just haven't delivered. Well, now, with the help of some biomimicry , we could see something similar in the not too distant future. Scientists at the University of Bristol are taking inspiration from two of the best camouflage artists in nature, the squid and the zebrafish, to create color-changing technology that could lead to smart clothing and other fabrics that can instantly change to match the color of their background. Many cephalopods like squid and cuttlefish are able to quickly blend in with their surroundings by changing color. This process is made possible by chromatophores, cells that contain a sac filled with pigment. When the squid's muscles surrounding a cell contract, the sac is squeezed to appear larger, creating an optical effect that makes the squid look like it's ch...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/biomimicry/color-changing-squid...

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