According to the University, the technology is scalable at mass-production levels via a process known as fibre-spinning and is currently produced in Melbourne, Florida, with CREOLâ€™s collaborators at Hills. The CREOL team is currently working with Hills to further reduce the diameter of the threads to produce fabrics for wide-scale market adoption. Finally, the patent-pending fabric is said to have the skill to be used across a large range of applications from clothing and accessories to furniture and fixed installations in housing and business dÃ©cor.
Dr Ayman Abouraddy, Professor of Optics & Photonics at UCF said that, â€œAlthough clothing has been a staple of the human experience for millennia, the basic structure and functionality of textile fibres and yarns have remained unchanged throughout history.â€ â€œThe capabilities of electronics constantly increase, and we always expect more from our iPhones, so why havenâ€™t textiles been updated? Can we expect an ever-expanding range of functionalities from our clothing? These were the questions we asked, and the foundation for creating the ChroMorphous technology that we began developing in 2016. We are excited to introduce the industryâ€™s first colour-changing fabric, as we believe itâ€™s the next groundbreaking innovation in fashion and textiles.â€
CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics at The University of Central Florida (UCF), has announced active user-controlled colour-changing fabric. The fabric, developed by a team of UCF scientists, allows the user/wearer to change the colour or pattern of the fabric through their smartphone.
The university explains, this colour change differs from previous â€œcolour-changingâ€ fabrics on the market, which contain LEDs that emit light of various colours.
Instead, CREOLâ€™s ChroMorphous technology empowers an innovative capability which is user-controlled, dynamic colour and pattern change in large woven fabrics and cut-and-sewn textile products.
Each thread woven into the fabric incorporates within it a thin metal micro-wire. An electric current flows through the micro-wires, thus slightly raising the threadâ€™s temperature. Special pigments embedded in the thread then respond to this modification of temperature by changing its colour.
The technology allows the user to control both when the colour change happens and what pattern to appear on the fabric. Using an app, the consumer can choose from a variety of patterns and colours to suit their need or mood all from the tap of a button on their smart device. For example, a solid purple tote bag now has the ability to gradually add blue stripes when you press a â€œstripeâ€ button on your smartphone or computer, or switch to a solid blue.
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