Pixar lamp and Mystique inspire novel approaches to shapeshifting materials

Physicists seem to be turning to fiction for inspiration when creating novel materials. Current shapeshifting materials are not very flexible; they can only transform into a handful of configurations. However, Harvard scientists have created a “totimorphic” material which can shapeshift into any stable structure – and it is based on Luxo, Jr., the iconic Pixar lamp. They looked to ‘his’ head in particular, which can take on any position through “having a set of opposing springs in tension that change their lengths while the total energy remains constant”. Read full article here

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