Thanks Ann, i really like this idea. Definitely technology and advancement is moving so fast that every new invention can be utilized somewhere or the other .According to me this plastic reverse shape can be used in the paly land and fun land for children to fascinate them , in circuses or any such children shows . I have mentioned the usage on very ground scale in future there can be many more usages as well.
TJ, you might not have asked me for an answer, but generally when a temperature-controlled shape memory plastic stops working, the first thing that happens is it doesn't revert completely to its previous shape. That ability to revert continues to decline, as do the properties of the material such as strength.
Charles, I agree with you that it is difficult to foresee some of the future uses of new technological developments. (I think this material could possible initiate some). If this plastic is cost effective and moldable, many new and unique applications will probably arise from its use.
I'm sure that engineers will find uses for this memory plastic, although it will clearly be limited by the 250 limit on the number of cycles. A few years ago (OK, it was 25 years ago), we did a story about a material with a negative Possion's Ratio -- so the material grew thicker when you stretched it. I remember asking the inventor what the possible uses could be, because I was skeptical about anyone actually needing it. Sure enough, the material is now in broad use, especially in HVAC systems for buildings.
I am curious what happens beyond 250 cycles. Does the material fatigue and break like any other material? Does it simply stop responding to temperature changes? The answers will assuredly impact potential uses of the material. Ann, those were rhetorical questions. I wasn't posing them to you directly.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.