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Robot can camouflage itself and change color depending on the environment | Digital Trends Spanish


A group of researchers from South Korea created a robot inspired by chameleons. In addition to having the appearance of this reptile, the prototype is capable of changing the color of its skin depending on the environment.

According to the scientists, it is an adaptive characteristic that has never been replicated in robotics. In the same way, they believe their invention could pave the way for developing a new artificial camouflage technology.

How does it work?

This innovative robot uses color sensors, which are small heaters made of silver nanowires and thermochromic materials that can change color when exposed to different temperatures.

The researchers were able to develop several high-resolution skin patterns that allowed the robot to transition between colors almost instantly.

According to the researchers, the hardest part of the whole project was getting the robot to transition color at the speed of nature.

This robot can camouflage itself and change color depending on the environment

“Building a first prototype was very slow,” says Hwan Ko, one of the people in charge of this project.

The scientist hopes that this work will have a wider impact, especially in the field of transport, fashion and beauty. For example, he believes that future applications could include vehicles that adapt their colors and even fabrics that change color.

This robot can camouflage itself and change color depending on the environment

“This chameleon skin, the surface, is basically a kind of display,” he adds. “It can be used for a soft, stretchable or flexible screen.”

Finally, experts warn that this type of technology may not work as well in extreme cold conditions.

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