By  on May 16, 2018

CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at The University of Central Florida, said it has developed the first active user-controlled color-changing fabric. The user can change the color or pattern of the fabric via an app on their smartphone.

Engineered by a team of scientists at UCF, the material is comprised of woven threads embedded with thin metal micro-wires and color-altering pigments, which enables color and pattern change in large woven fabrics and cut-and-sewn textile products, according to the university. Via its “ChroMorphous” technology, when an electric current flows through the micro-wires woven into the fabric, the thread’s temperature is raised; in response to the temperature modification, the pigments embedded in the thread alter the material’s color.

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