‘Future of Skin’ Nike/RISD Research Group, Lecture: MIT’s Pedro Reis on ‘Smorphs’

Guest Lecturer Pedro Reis, MIT Associate Professor of Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineering, will talk about a new class of Smart Morphable Surfaces, ‘Smorphs’, that he has been central in creating.

‘Smorphs’ make use of a wrinkling instability on curved surfaces to generate custom, switchable and tunable topography. Inspired by the dimpled patterns of golf balls, these morphable surfaces have been found to maximize aerodynamic performance while reducing drag. In this talk he will discuss the role of design in his process and the implications this technology might have in future scenarios.

Date: April 7, 2015  Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Chace Center Auditorium

Smorphs

NIKE, Pedro Reis, Research, topography

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