Researchers at the University of Michigan are using peacock feathers to help them develop a way to bring color to next-generation eReaders.
The scientists have discovered a way to lock-in structural color. This is made with texture rather than chemicals and works much like a peacock’s tail. The grooves in his tail reflect light at certain wavelengths and give the appearance of the color changing as the animal moves.
By imitating this system, researchers have found clues towards developing new displays.
The university says this could lead to advanced color eBooks, electronic paper and color screen that don’t need to be backlit to be readable. These displays would use much less power than current monitors, TVs and phone screens.