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Chronos Chromos Concrete

  • On April 15, 2006

Chronos Chromos Concrete is a system that is able to dynamically display patterns, numbers and text in concrete surfaces. Application could include anything from products for the home to large scale architectural installations.

Chris Glaister, Afshin Mehin, and Tomas Rosen of the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit have developed embedded devices which allow graphics, words and numbers to be displayed through concrete.


First, thermochromic ink is mixed with concrete. Second, nickel chromium wires, which heat up when electric current is passed through them, are set beneath the concrete surface. The area above the wire changes colour when a certain temperature is reached. The arrangement of these wires beneath the concrete allows the display of graphics and information.

via transmaterial


  1. hello
    im student of phd proposal is about that “how virtual reality technology can creats democratic places in multicultural cities. with thise media everyone can incorporates in public space disscuses(by virtual and physical presence) and say his/her opponion and find other simillar persons that think like him/her and consructs a new public. and have influence on his/her fate. but in theory that is possible .in reality politics economic and religion can use this media for more influence.i want to have more information about your research please.
    soran shangahpoor
    iust university of iran,tehran

  2. what?

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