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Squid inspires camouflaging smart materials

15 June 2015

Researchers from the University of Bristol have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature’s masters of camouflage, the squid.

The research team, from the University’s Department of Engineering Mathematics, have designed a smart materials system, inspired by biological chromatophores, which creates patterns that change and morph over time and mimic biological patterning.

Further information

'Hiding the squid: patterns in artificial cephalodpod skin’ by Aaron Fishman, Jonathan Rossiter and Martin Homer in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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