Known as Cilllia, this project takes inspiration from hair structures found throughout nature and applies them in new, artificial settings that wouldn’t otherwise be applicable originally.
“The ability to fabricate customized hair structures enables us to create super fine surface texture; mechanical adhesion property; new passive actuators and touch sensors on a 3D printed artifact. We also present several applications to show how the 3D-printed hair can be used for designing everyday interactive objects.”
– Tangible Media Group
Photo Credit: Tangible Media Group
The applications are nearly endless, from replacing actual hair, to creating a friction-based cohesive, and is even used to engineer smart finger swipe sensors and passive actuators.
As already noted, the possibilities for these artificial hair structures are nearly endless. Fashion wise, these 3D printed hair structures could be applied to clothing, or possibly even the latest hairstyle, of which could then be programmed to acquire whatever thickness, density, and height you wish. Perhaps they’ll change colors when attached with LEDs and integrated circuits. Maybe they emulate the weather patterns of that day, giving off an almost symbiotic gesture with that of your surrounding environment.