We're all impressed with the chameleon's ability to change color and blend in with its surroundings.
Now scientists at Wuhan University in China have developed a biomimetic mechanical chameleon that replicates the reptile's unique, real-time camouflage abilities.
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The results are impressive. Plus, and any day you get to type "biomimetic mechanical chameleon" is a good day.
If the technology can be combined with flexible electronics, it could be a step toward dynamic camouflage suits for soldiers. It also has the potential to advance electronic paper, touchscreens and video displays.
Researchers made the color-changing scales by capitalizing on the interaction of electrical fields with an array of gold and silver "nanodots."
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Electricity is used to adjust the amount and shape of the silver and gold dots on each scale, which changes the color to anything in the visible spectrum.
Sensors embedded in each of the lizard's eyes register background hue and then prompt the electrical fields to change the color of the scales to match the background. The change happens automatically and almost instantly.
You can see a video of the ersatz lizard in action below.