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Friday, July 18, 2014
Scientists discover new material that makes objects invisible to touch
is a real oddity and it may have significant practical application.
I do not quite believe it will be a solution to camping mats, but
there will be plenty of other opportunity I am sure.
will be a while before this one escapes the laboratory so we have to
worth noting and tracking though and seeing where it finally pops
new material that makes objects invisible to touch
You're looking at a
new awesome nano-material invented that does the seemingly
impossible: It hides things from touch. Just a thin layer of
this amazing polymer will hide anything under it from being perceived
by your sense of touch. In this photo you can see how it "absorbs"
a metal cylinder.
How is this magic
According to the the
scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, this
"crystalline material structured with sub-micrometer accuracy
[...] consists of needle-shaped cones, whose tips meet." It
perfectly adapts and absorbs the shape of anything under it.
structure directs the forces of the touching finger such that the
cylinder is hidden completely.
Not only your finger
won't be able to detect it, but a force feedback measurement
instrument will fail too. According to Tiemo Bückmann, the lead
scientists in the project, "it is like in Hans-Christian
Andersen's fairy tale about the princess and the pea. The princess
feels the pea in spite of the mattresses. When using our new
material, however, one mattress would be sufficient for the princess
to sleep well."
What does this mean
in real life?
Institute of Technology claims that the material was developed for
purely experimental purposes, "but might open up the door to
interesting applications in a few years from now, as it
allows for producing materials with freely selectable mechanical
properties. Examples are very thin, light, and still
comfortable camping mattresses or carpets hiding cables and pipelines
I like that. Carpets
that can perfectly hide cables is something I'd pay money for. And
I'd love a camping blanket that perfectly absorbs any rock and twig
on the ground, leaving a smooth surface to sleep on.