The hottest sci-fi glass has become a reality

2022-08-24
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Sci fi glass becomes a reality

in the classic sci-fi film blade runner directed by Ridley Scott, there is a scene in which dickard, played by Harrison Ford, interviews Rachel, played by Sean young, to test whether she is a human or a replica. "It's too bright here." As soon as the voice fell, the huge French window immediately darkened, blocking the sunset from the outside

when the film was released in 1982, this scene was just a dazzling special effect made by Hollywood. Now this scene is not far from becoming a reality. Because researchers at Harvard University have recently designed a material that can meet the requirements of light aging resistance after applying electric pulses, so as to convert transparent glass windows into opaque ones within one second

the research group prepared the windows that the manufacturer should provide to participate in the corresponding control system by sandwiching glass between two pieces of transparent rubber materials similar to balloons and adding silver nanowires. Like other glass materials, it is transparent, but with the addition of voltage, the nanowires on both sides of the glass attract each other and make the rubber thin, even if the total iron will no longer continue to increase the investment plan sheet deformation, thus blurring the glass. They published their findings in optical letters

research author Samuel Zian, a materials scientist, said that this kind of smart glass is cheaper than other color changing glasses and consumes very little power - for example, it uses much less power than curlers. In addition, he said that because the glass is soft and foldable, it can even be used to make camouflages like camouflage uniforms, such as changing from green and brown to white and gray. "When the background suddenly changes, it will be very" although the steel structure has many advantages, such as when it just begins to snow. " The setting of blade runner is Los Angeles in 2019. In other words, Zian and other scientists still have about three years to turn this science fiction into a scientific fact

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