Color-changing 3D printed robot skin developed at MIT

Color-changing 3D printed robot skin developed at MIT

MIT researchers are developing 3D printed “skin” for robots that changes color upon receiving physical stimuli. The technology was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle, or “goldbug,” an insect whose golden exterior turns red when prodded. While we don’t fully know what robots of the future will look like, nor what roles they will play, many experts agree that complex systems of embedded sensors will be an important feature of such machines. Some sensor-driven tech, like the touch-sensitive surfaces on smartphones, is already ubiquitous, but more complex sensor arrays could someday be used to allow robots to fully interact […]

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