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Researchers from the University of South Australia, in conjunction with Australia’s Department of Defence, have developed a range of lightweight panels capable of changing color on demand. The panels use electrochromic polymers, which change color in response to an electric field. The colors may also be tuned to specific voltages.
The advance will allow drones to match the colors of their environment.
“Similar technology has been used in luxury cars, for dimming mirrors, and on the windows of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” said Kamil Zuber, research fellow at the University of South Australia. “But those applications are slow, require high power consumption to switch, and the electric flow must be…READ MORE