Squid skin could change colors of our clothes

Squid skin could change colors of our clothesThe problem with trying to coordinate or match your shirt, pants, skirts, and etc. with the rest of your outfit can be hard, especially if you don’t have the right colors. However in the future, it could very well be possible to purchase clothes or even gadgets that could change its color on a whim, and this will all be thanks to squid skin.

No, you will not be actually wearing squid skin, but researchers at UC Santa Barbara have recently discovered (via Engadget) that magical properties of the California market squid which has the ability to control its own iridescence. This is thanks to the presence of protein sequences that allows the squid to change specific light reflections whenever it wants.

According to researcher Daniel DeMartini, “Our new work into the cellular mechanisms of squid iridescence allows us to refine experiment design for reflectin-based adaptive photonic structures. In the future, this could be very useful for creating synthetic optical materials that — like squid skin — can be tuned.”

This seems to suggest that in the future, we could create devices with the synthetic skin, or even clothing, that can be used to blend in with the environment, like the next-level of camouflaging which essentially could turn its wearer near-invisible if they wanted.

Source: Ubergizmo

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