The first digital fabric capable of collecting, storing and processing data

While the fabrics we wear today could keep us warm and protect us from the elements, scientists continue to show how they could soon do much more.

To date, there are various types of new materials. From sweat-fueled stretch fabrics, to shirts that harness energy from movement and woven LED fibers that form wearable displays.

The field of smart fabrics is full of exciting possibilities that are only now emerging.

Yoel Fink, MIT scientist, after years of always avant-garde research, it has just taken an important step forward. He created the first digital textile fiber capable of storing and processing information.

We are talking about electronic fibers developed so that they can carry digital information.

Basically they created a fiber tens of meters long, with hundreds of digital chips interleaved and a continuous electrical connection. The fiber is thin enough to pass through the eye of a regular needle and can be discreetly sewn into fabrics. It also resists at least 10 washing cycles without breaking.

“When you put it in a shirt, you don’t feel it at all”, says study author Gabriel Loke.

Scientists demonstrated the functionality of their digital fiber by writing, storing and reading information about it, including a color short film file and a music file, both of which could be stored for two months without power. They also incorporated a neural network consisting of 1,650 connections, which also opens up to artificial intelligence.

Tissues with this type of functionality could be used for health monitoring, collecting body data to recognize early signs of disease, such as an irregular heartbeat or respiratory decline.

Scientists plan to continue improving the fiber for even more usability.

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