March 28, 2017
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a device that responds to mechanical stress by changing the color of a spot on its surface, according to a press release. Researchers note this could lead to 3-D printed, flexible, sensor-laden material. The research is published in Advanced Materials Technologies.
“In nature, networks of sensors and interconnects are called sensorimotor pathways,” Subramanian Sundaram, PhD, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lead researcher of the study, said in the release. “We were trying to see whether we could replicate sensorimotor pathways inside a 3-D printed object. So, we considered the simplest organism we could find.”