Next level RGB is here, but right now it’s only on this BMW, as opposed to a sweet gaming rig. Although with the current chip shortage I have about the same chance of getting my fingers in them, let’s drool over this cool color changing paint.
According to The Drive, BMW boasted that a car would be on display at CES this year that could change color at the touch of a button. Now videos have appeared (thanks IFLScience) of the color-changing car in action, and at the same time it is a bit cooler and not nearly as cool as I had hoped. A bit like Dave James wearing the Razer Zephyr mask.
The first video posted on Twitter shows all of BMW’s electric IX model panels floating from white to a dark gunmetal that looks gray. So not exactly color change as much as switching between shades so far, but it’s still very nice.
The post says the technology is apparently quite temperature sensitive, which will be a barrier to releasing it to consumers. Although it is not stated how it works, it may be that the temperature plays a role in determining the colors, so that may be part of the reason. Others suggest that it could use e-ink, a bit like a Kindle, which could be true given the shade of gray palette.
This color-changing @BMWUSA #iX is crazy! It is apparently very temperature sensitive, so they have a backup in a trailer if it gets too hot / cold pic.twitter.com/lXG1Gw0IKYJanuary 4, 2022
The way the color changes in this particular video is almost similar to the way different sea creatures can change their own colors and textures to stay hidden. You can almost see this car hiding in a tunnel and changing color to escape a five star rating. Here is a video of one of my favorites, the Mimic Octopus, that simply can do far more than an Octopus should.
The second video, which can be found on TikTok and was rebroadcast to Reddit, shows a more general approach to the transformation. This time, the car appears to be fading from white to darker gray. Given these two different transitions, there could be potential for customizations of how the colors change, or perhaps even for animations down the line.
bmws_color_changing_car_shown_at_ces from r / blackmagicfuckery
Color-changing technology on the actual physical exterior of things like cars or devices is a trait I’ve been looking forward to. I’m already a big fan of messing with RGB to give my setup a complete look, so this is a step in the right direction. Being able to change the overall look of your laptop, phone, desktop or anything at the touch of a button would provide instant and easy restyling. We will probably not see it in consumer technology for a long time to come, but I will only be inline when we do.