Colour-changing artificial 'chameleon skin' powered by nanomachines

Researchers have developed a groundbreaking technology that mimics the color-changing abilities of chameleon skin using nanomachines. The artificial "chameleon skin" can dynamically alter its color and appearance in response to external stimuli, such as light or temperature changes, thanks to the unique properties of these nanoscale devices. By integrating light-sensitive nanoparticles and responsive polymers into the artificial skin, scientists have created a material that can replicate the intricate color-changing mechanisms seen in chameleons. This innovation holds immense promise for applications in camouflage, adaptive display technologies, and even smart clothing. The development of color-changing artificial skin powered by nanomachines not only showcases the potential of nanotechnology but also opens up exciting possibilities for future materials with dynamic functionalities.

More information: Andrew R. Salmon et al. Motile Artificial Chromatophores: Light‐Triggered Nanoparticles for Microdroplet Locomotion and Color Change, Advanced Optical Materials (2019). DOI: 10.1002/adom.201900951