Chameleon-like robot can change hue

Chameleon-like robot can change hue

Dye-filled microchannels help machine blend in, or stick out

By Meghan Rosen, 16:18 PM August 15, 2012

Go Go Gadget Camouflage!

A soft-bodied robot with silicone skin and colorful veins can blend into its surroundings — or stick out. Pumping dyes through tiny canals just underneath the synthetic skin helps disguise or reveal the rubbery robot, researchers report  in the Aug. 17 Science.

Layers of the color-changing silicone skin could be glued to robots for search and rescue missions, where tracking and locating machines is key. The dye-filled microchannels, which are about half as wide ...

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