BMW presents the car that changes color instantly at CES

If you can never make up your mind on which color to choose for your next car or if you are tired of the color of the one you already have in the garage, then BMW may have the solution for you. We are talking about the BMW iX prototype presented at CES 2022 in Las Vegas which is able to change color instantly, at the push of a simple button.

The name of this curious prototype is BMW iX Flow with E-Ink and it indicates the flow of colors that can be animated on the bodywork that changes according to the tastes of those who drive it. In practice, this concept tells us that in the near future we will be able to change the color of the car at will. And it is just one of the innovations shown by the Bavarian brand at the great high-tech fair in Las Vegas that opened today.

Like the screen of an e-book

The technology behind this spectacular and chameleonic capacity is offered by a special film similar to that of e-book screens that incorporates millions of micro capsules with white and black pigments that crossed by an electrical voltage of 12-18 volts can cause appear different colors.

Foto - BMW iX Flow with E-Ink
Foto - BMW iX Flow with E-Ink

This film is thin, light and flexible, laser cut and very efficient as the electrophoretic technology applied requires energy only in the color change phase. The colors shown by the prototype are black, white and gray, also with progressive animations, but the project manager, Stella Clarke, states that other colors are also possible.

We could have it in about ten years

Clarke herself admits, however, that it will take at least another ten years before this on-command color change system can be used on a production vehicle.

Foto - BMW iX Flow with E-Ink

Stella CLarke, head of the BMW iX Flow with E-Ink project

Among the possible uses of this technology seen at CES 2022, the designers hypothesized the spread of messages on the state of the car, such as the charge level based on the color, but also the use of white on sunny days and black on cloudy days to adapt the car to solar radiation

The video from Las Vegas

In the video you see below, posted on Twitter by Out of Spec Studios, it is possible to notice how BMW’s electric maxi SUV is able to go from white to gray in an instant, also showing off a dynamic transition between the two colors, almost as if it were a huge traveling display.

The effect is nothing short of surprising and scenographic, to the point that some users have hypothesized the use of a trick in video editing. From these shots it is also known how the transformation can be gradual, animated or immediate and inclusive of graphics and drawings on the paint.

My Modes, 4 atmospheres with sounds and images

If the ambient lights with variable shades already seemed something futuristic, the next evolution promises to make the life experience on board even more suggestive: BMW has in fact presented four digital environments My Modes, called Expressive, Relax, Digital Art and Theater, which create an atmosphere made of images and sounds (the latter created by the composer Hans Zimmer) to be linked to the different situations or modes of travel.

Expressive, for example, aims to accompany sports driving by displaying vivid colors on the display that accompany a more engaging sound, while the one called Relax offers sounds and natural colors, like blue and green, which recall sweet landscapes.

The one called Digital Art includes instead graphics created in collaboration with the Chinese artist Cao Fei, specialist in digital art forms, while Theater is the environment that accompanies the viewing of films or multimedia contents.

This technology was presented and illustrated on the new high-performance electric BMW iX M60, which had its official presentation at CES and to which we have dedicated a specific article.

The big screen in the car, like a cinema

The third novelty presented by BMW at CES 2022 is the Theater Screen, 31-inch maxi screen with cinematic audio for rear passengers of the upcoming 7 Series. This super display installed in the upper part of the interior sky between the two rear occupants has an ultra wide 32: 9 format, resolution up to 8K, smart functions TV and 5G connectivity. A Bowers & Wilkins 4D surround sound system with 1,500 watts and a total of 30 speakers provides cinema room acoustics.

BMW Theatre Screen

For the contents the German house has chosen Amazon Fire TV and 4K videos that include streaming movies and series, listening to music and watching downloaded programs – in the future it should also be possible to use it while driving. Expansion to other video streaming services is possible in the future, while the HDMI connection is already present.

BMW Theatre Screen

On the right and left edge of the screen there are the touch fields for the main controls that can be operated by all rear passengers who also have two smartphone-type remote controls in the door panels. Sound can be directed towards the rear of the cabin, unless you intend to use headphones.

To avoid showing the images on the big screen to the car following or alongside, there are the rear curtains and in the rear window that are raised. The price of the Theater Screen has not yet been anticipated, but we will be able to see it among the options of the new BMW 7 Series expected for this year and perhaps also on X7 and XM.


Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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