MIT engineers created a fur-like rubbery pelts, by learning how mammals stay warm and even dry, while diving underwater.   Watch the video…

The new product is inspired by hairy, semiaquatic mammals such as beavers and sea otters.

Image credit Felice Frankel

Anette (Peko) Hosoi, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate head of the department at MIT, said:

“We are particularly interested in wetsuits for surfing, where the athlete moves frequently between air and water environments. We can control the length, spacing, and arrangement of hairs, which allows us to design textures to match certain dive speeds and maximize the wetsuit’s dry region.”

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