Watch This Material Assemble And Disassemble Itself

This is the first time so many "smart" abilities have combined into one material

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Smart material triggered by UV light assembles, then disassembles, itself as a boxWSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Researchers at Washington State University have created materials that react to temperature and ultraviolet light. It's a look into what mass-produced smart materials could be.

Smart materials are a growing area of interest for researchers, with potential for instantly forming casts and self-healing phone screens. But this is the first time memory, light-activated movement, and self-healing have been combined. One of the reasons smart materials aren't widespread yet is their single-use capability. This breakthrough could mean a more useful material.

The material reacts to light, can move and fold when triggered by warmth or UV rays, and could be programmed to carry out specific tasks.