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Tech & ScienceMIT made futuristic ink that can change your shoe color like a chameleon

05:40  11 september  2019
05:40  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory team creates new reprogrammable ink that lets objects change colors using light.

Imagine if, rather than buy your favorite shoes in blue or red, you could buy one pair of shoes and change the color depending To create PhotoChromeleon Ink (a play on its chameleon - like nature), the CSAIL team built off its previous ColorMod system, which 3D-printed items that can change color .

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In the mood to wear multicolored, patterned shoes but only own boring white ones? A special ink out of MIT lets objects change color when exposed to certain kinds of light. The best part? The color swap can easily be reversed, making for endless customization -- and, presumably, less waste.

"Users could personalize their belongings and appearance on a daily basis, without the need to buy the same object multiple times in different colors and styles," Yuhua Jin, a postdoc from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and lead author on a paper about the "PhotoChromeleon" project, said in a statement.

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The color - changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle himself was long mystified PhotoChromeleon, a reversible process for changing the color of objects developed at MIT, involves a mix of photochromic dyes that can be sprayed or

Researchers at MIT invented a chameleon - like "reprogrammable ink " that allows you to "paint" colors onto a surface using a projector and UV light. In the future, you won’t have to limit yourself to a boring monochrome finish — with the push of a button, your car could change colors like a chameleon .

To make the ink, the MIT team dissolved photosensitive cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes into a transparent lacquer. Shining a UV light on the dyes brings them to full saturation. The researchers previewed the desired color and patterns on 3D computer models of objects they wanted to transform, then placed the real objects into a box with a projector and lights that can activate and deactivate different colors via a computer program. Voila! Custom, erasable, colored objects.

Lather, rinse, change the color of your outfit for the third time in an hour. Great for the indecisive and the environmentally conscious.

MIT made futuristic ink that can change your shoe color like a chameleon © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Getting tired of the pattern on your phone case? GIF by Leslie Katz/CNET

PhotoChromeleon builds on the team's previous system, "ColorMod," a collaboration with Ford Motor that uses a 3D printer to fabricate items that can change their hues. The CSAIL team tested the newer system on a car model, a phone case, a shoe, and, appropriately, a little toy chameleon, and said the process took from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the size and shape of the object. All patterns had high resolutions.

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The 'ShiftWear' range has flexible colour e- ink displays so wearers can change the pattern and colour of their shoe at Designer David Coelho, based in New York, is raising money on Indiegogo to make the shoes a reality. The sneakers will have e- ink displays on them, like the screens used for Kindles.

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The team will present its research at the upcoming User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in New Orleans. Next, the team plans to work with material science researchers to improve the photochromic dyes and extend the color-changing fabrication methods to 3D printing.

I don't care how they get there. Just give me a coat that changes colors on a whim.

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