Squid Skin is the Secret to Wearable Camouflage Screens

By Gary Cutlack on at

A team at Rice University, Texas, claims to be breaking ground in the race to provide instant cloaking devices that blend shy men further into the background at parties, with its "squid skin" tech using tiny aluminium nanoparticles to sense light and output RGB images.

The idea behind it is to mimic the way cephalopods use proteins in their skin to see and recreate background colours to keep themselves hidden, with the team claiming some success in using five-micron-square pixels -- 40 times smaller than the pixels in LCD TV displays -- to output colour. [Rice University via Engadget]