Scientists have succeeded in making the world’s first shape shifting metal.
The Terminator’s nemesis T1000 might not be long from being a reality, as researchers have managed to create programmable shape-shifting metal.
Researchers from the EPSRC made the breakthrough with the futuristic material, in which they used electrical charges to change the shape of the liquid metal. The discovery opens up many new doors in the realms of science and technology.
Possible uses for the material mean that it will “open up new possibilities in ‘soft robotics’ and shape-changing displays.”
“While the invention might bring to mind the film Terminator 2, in which the villain morphs out of a pool of liquid metal, the creation of 3D shapes is still some way off. More immediate applications could include reprogrammable circuit boards and conductive ink.”
Yutaka Tokuda who worked on the project said “This is a new class of programmable materials in a liquid state which can dynamically transform from a simple droplet shape to many other complex geometry in a controllable manner.”
“While this work is in its early stages, the compelling evidence of detailed 2D control of liquid metals excites us to explore more potential applications in computer graphics, smart electronics, soft robotics and flexible displays.”
Head of the INTERACT Lab at the University of Sussex Professor Sriram Subramanian said:
“Liquid metals are an extremely promising class of materials for deformable applications; their unique properties include voltage-controlled surface tension, high liquid-state conductivity and liquid-solid phase transition at room temperature.”
The findings were debuted at the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces 2017 conference in Brighton last month.
The program was funded by the British Research Council who are constantly striving to push British science and technology to keep in line with the rest of the world.
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