The BMW iX Flow has been named to TIME’s list of Best Inventions of 2022
• Body surface with true color change thanks to electrophoresis technology named TIME Best Inventions 2022.
• Possibility for future internal and external applications.
• Link to BMW iX feature in time list: https://time.com/collection/best-inv…2/bmw-ix-flow/
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 10, 2022…Today, TIME unveils its annual list of the best inventions for 2022, which includes 200 exceptional innovations. To compile the list, TIME has solicited nominations from TIME editors and reporters around the world, and through an online application process, with particular attention to growing fields such as the electric vehicle industry, green energy, and the metaverse. TIME then evaluated each competitor based on a number of key factors, including originality, effectiveness, ambition and impact.
Of the new list, Time editors wrote: “The result is a list of 200 pioneering inventions (and 50 special ones) including artificial intelligence for mapping life, diamonds made of excess carbon in the air, and the most powerful telescope ever changing the way we live, work and play. We think about what is possible.
The full list is available here: time.com/best-inventions-2022
Change the color at the touch of a button.
The BMW iX Flow featuring the E Ink is a one-of-a-kind vehicle capable of changing its entire body color at the touch of a button, and was first revealed at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. By making it possible to change the body color and display different styles, the BMW iX Flow opens up an entirely new way to personalize the driving experience.
A changing exterior color can also contribute to improving cabin quality and vehicle efficiency. This is done by taking into account the different capabilities of light and dark colors when it comes to reflecting sunlight and the associated absorption of thermal energy. A white surface reflects more sunlight than a black surface. By implicitly, the heating of the vehicle and passenger compartment as a result of strong sunlight and high outside temperatures can be reduced by changing the exterior color to a lighter colour. In cooler weather, the darker outer skin helps the car absorb significantly more heat from the sun.
Either way, selective color changes can help reduce the amount of cooling and heating required from the vehicle’s air conditioning. This reduces the amount of energy the vehicle’s electrical system needs and also reduces the vehicle’s fuel or electricity consumption. In an all-electric car, changing the color in line with the weather can also help increase the range. Inside, technology can, for example, prevent the instrument panel from overheating too much.
The E Ink technology itself is very energy efficient. Unlike monitors or projectors, electrophoresis technology requires absolutely no power to keep the chosen color state constant. Current flows only during the short color change phase.
Millions of paint capsules in a custom packaging.
Electrochromic coloring is based on a technology developed by E Ink that is the most popular of the screens used in e-readers. The BMW iX Flow e-ink surface coating contains many millions of microcapsules, with a diameter equal to the thickness of a human hair. Each of these microcapsules contains negatively charged white and black positively charged pigments. Depending on the selected setting, stimulation by an electric field causes white or black pigments to collect on the surface of the microcapsule, giving the car body the desired shade.