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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Programmable Matter for Product Design

With a zap of light, system switches objects’ colors and patterns

“Programmable matter” technique could enable product designers to churn out prototypes with ease.

Watch Video  https://news.mit.edu/2021/light-colors-patterns-surface-0504#article-video-inline

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office

With Zap of Light, System Switches Objects' Colors, Patterns

MIT News, May 4, 2021

A programmable matter system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology can update imagery on object surfaces rapidly by projecting ultraviolet (UV) light onto items coated with light-activated dye. The ChromoUpdate system's UV light pulse changes the dye's reflective properties, creating colorful new images in minutes. The system’s UV projector can vary light levels across the surface, granting the operator pixel-level control over saturation levels. MIT's Michael Wessley said the researchers are investigating the technology's application to flexible, programmable textiles, "So we could have clothing—t-shirts and shoes and all that stuff—that can reprogram itself."  ..' 

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