At the CES event in Las Vegas, BMW presented, with the help of an iX model, a special paint that can change color at the touch of a button.
At the CES event in Las Vegas, BMW presented an innovative technology that allows the driver to change the color of the car with the push of a button. Although several car manufacturers, including BMW, have announced that they will not physically participate in this year’s edition of the event, a video has been posted on social media demonstrating the new technology.
In the video you can see how the white paint on a BMW iX gradually changes to a gray hue.
The new technology introduced by BMW is called iX Flow and allows the driver to change the color of the paint by pressing a button. The new color change concept is based on E Ink technology, which is also used on e-book tablets, such as the Amazon Kindle, for example.
In order to accomplish this color change process, BMW has glued an iX with a material containing millions of E Ink microcapsules.
Each capsule contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. With the help of an electric field, white or black pigments collect light from the surface of the microcapsules, which leads to a change in color.
BMW says that one of the advantages of the iX Flow is that it makes it easier to heat or cool the passenger compartment depending on the weather conditions. Thus, the white color helps to cool more easily during the summer, while the black paint can make the car’s heating process easier in the winter.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Many times, carmakers unveil new and advanced technologies at CES, and some of them even become available on production cars.
As I said, BMW did not physically attend this year’s CES because of the COVID-19 pandemic.