Scientists invented jewelry that changes color to match your outfit

3D-printed accessories will change with UV light

Scientists invented jewelry that changes color to match your outfit
Stars Insider

01/31/18 | StarsInsider

FASHION 3D printing

Scientists from MIT are changing the future of fashion design with their new process, dubbed ColorFab. Through 3D printing and custom-made ink, designers can produce accessories that can change color with a UV light.

The CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) team at MIT created ColorFab by mixing base dyes and "photochromic" dyes. By uploading a design to the printers interface, you will get a finished product where the light adaptable aspects of the jewelry have a transparent, pixelated pattern.  

How will this change your jewelry box? With these ColorFab accessories, you could have a necklace that matched both your red pantsuit on Monday and your blue dress on Tuesday. This means cutting down on both personal costs and environmental waste. 

"Largely speaking, people are consuming a lot more now than twenty years ago, and they're creating a lot of waste," MIT professor Stefanie Mueller told Engadget. "By changing an object's color, you don't have to create a whole new object every time."

While these products are still undergoing lab adjustments, this breakthrough technology has the potential to make a big impact on the jewelry market we know today.


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