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The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was quite an event, as BMW unveiled its latest innovation. They are now offering a car that can change color, with the mere touch of a button.

This may sound outlandish to some but we’re here to explain how this works. The iX Flow is covered in a form of e-paper.

Photo: YouTube/BMWBLOG

E-readers utilize the same electronic paper technology, in case this looks familiar. For example, a Kindle screen does not use any additional energy after the content has changed.

These vehicles function in the same manner. Once the driver has selected their preferred color scheme, no additional energy is used. If this is difficult to understand, the good folks at BMW are here to explain.

Photo: Pixabay/Toby Parsons

“The surface coating of the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink contains many millions of microcapsules, with a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair. Each of these microcapsules contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. Depending on the chosen setting, stimulation by means of an electrical field causes either the white or the black pigments to collect at the surface of the microcapsule, giving the car body the desired shade,” they explain in the video below.

Dr. Stella Clarke, who served as the project lead for these vehicles, is more than happy to provide all of the necessary background on the iX Flow. This interview will tell you everything that you need to know about this amazing innovation and then some.

Photo: YouTube/BMWBLOG

It’s not enough to see it, we also have to know how it works. That’s where Dr. Clarke comes into play. She is able to explain every aspect of this vehicle in a manner that is easily understood.

All we know is that the possibilities are endless when you allow the good folks at BMW to assist you. The future has finally arrived and it looks every bit as awesome as you would have expected.

Check out the video below:

Would you drive one of these color changing cars? This is a story that is sure to inspire a fair amount of debate going forward. Take a moment to share away!

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