by Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 2 September 2013

Based on a design found in nature, scientists from Harvard University and the University of Exeter have recently come up with a smart fabric that will change colours when various amounts of stress are applied.

Designed to mimic the colours of the seed pods grown on “bastard hogberry” plants, the fabric changes color from red to blue as pressure is applied. This new multilayer fiber could be the next big step in sports wear and physical therapy. Imagine having a workout uniform that changes colours in certain areas to show where your muscles were feeling the most strain.