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Soft Machines Get Camouflaged

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Many creatures utilize ornate colors and patterns as a means of camouflaging and in some cases standing out against their environments—but this adaptive camouflage has rarely been mimicked in synthetic systems. Through the use of circulating colored fluids and motion-inducing pneumatic pressurization, Morin et al. demonstrate variable camouflage and display in soft, flexible, mobile machines.

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