April just launched the website Dynamic Textures a very visual summary of her earlier material explorations, her thesis work at the Art Center College of Design. Not yet another smart material - April prefers the not so smart materials, or as she calls them, dumb materials.
"We as designers rarely study the obvious and boring materials around us", for instance bubblegum. Trial and error and smart thinking allows April to realize several patterns that are able to morph into textures affecting current materials in design. A practical example is the coffee cup's skin that changes into a thorn-like texture to prevent the user from handling an extremely hot cup of coffee (see photo).
April Tsui is currently based in NYC and does her 'material gigs' with concept car developers and textiles makers. We say "Go and morph" and keep in touch!