Scientists Have Created Programmable Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal

Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have successfully applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The research team says that the findings represent an “extremely promising” new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape.

This open up new possibilities in ‘soft robotics’ and shape-changing displays, the researcher say. While the invention might bring to mind the film Terminator 2, in which the villain morphs out of a pool of liquid metal, the creation of 3D shapes is still some way off. More immediate applications could include reprogrammable circuit boards and conductive ink.

Yutaka Tokuda, the Research Associate working on this project at the University of Sussex, says: “This is a new class of programmable materials in a liquid state which can dynamically transform from a simple droplet shape to many other complex geometry in a controllable manner.

“While this work is in its early stages, the compelling evidence of detailed 2D control of liquid metals excites us to explore more potential applications in computer graphics, smart electronics, soft robotics and flexible displays.”

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  1. Hurry we need to find the scientist who made this and then we have to dispose of all his work and him too. LOL

  2. Scientists have achieved a groundbreaking feat by developing programmable shape-shifting liquid metal. This remarkable advancement opens doors to revolutionary applications in various fields, from robotics to biomedical engineering. The ability to control the shape and movement of liquid metal holds immense potential for transforming industries and driving innovation. Learn more about this fascinating discovery and join the conversation on the future of technology and materials science!

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