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NEW HAVEN – A team of researchers at Yale University say they’ve developed a robotic fabric which could find applications in adaptive clothing, self-deploying shelters and smart cargo webbing.

The material gets this ability from an embedded supportive skeleton made from Field’s metal-epoxy composite, which stiffens when in a cool environment and essentially melts in warm weather, reverting to its original state.

“Fabrics are a ubiquitous material used in a wide range of products, and the ability to ‘roboticize’ some of these products opens up many possibilities,” commented professor Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio.

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