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New fibers can see, hear and speak

By T.K. Randall
July 17, 2010 · Comment icon 11 comments

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Scientists are developing fibers to make clothing that is able to see, hear and speak with a range of applications.
Clothing that can see, hear and even talk is being developed by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by THE Dr Alien 14 years ago
you know what they will be saying. "hey fatty, have you tried size 100 yet?" "i dont know why you buy me, i just gonna make you uuugglyy" "hey kid, try feeding yourself for a change, not me!"
Comment icon #3 Posted by Karlis 14 years ago
Perhaps those who post humourous remarks here did not bother to read the article? Consider the following: The range of applications for such an integrated fibers is huge. Some are obvious: hidden microphones embedded in clothes or shirts that can change into loudspeakers when necessary. Other applications are more subtle. The narrow fibers could be threaded through blood vessels to monitor blood flow. They could image organs, like the lungs, that are otherwise difficult to see with ultrasound. Right now the fibers require an external power source. That could soon change, said Fink. By tweaking... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by -Cult of the wolves- 14 years ago
Talking underwear sounds like a brilliant idea!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mac E 14 years ago
Perhaps those who post humourous remarks here did not bother to read the article? Hey now Nice one! Of course I read the article, but this tech still has hurdles to overcome. I for one want clothes that are confortable and simple. I don't need tech in my clothes. All I want it to do is cover my stuff that others don't want to see and keep me warm in the winter.
Comment icon #6 Posted by xanthurion 14 years ago
WHYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? why are people wasting time and money on something nobody needs? why dont they do something useful like find a way to stop global warming instead of making talking t-shirts?
Comment icon #7 Posted by tomatoedrama 14 years ago
finally they are doing it. for usefull things this can do think of this. pretend you just ate a burger at a resturant well since your smart clothes can read your organs and bloodflow it can tell you that it was poisined food saving your life as it automactically calls 911 for you since you may not have a phone wiyth you as your leaving. your climbing a mountain and you scrape your knee no big deal right?well your smart clothes can tell you that a virus or seriouly contagious bacteria has entered your blood stream. you imeaditly go back to the trail you came from and dial for a doctor or if its... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by little_dreamer 14 years ago
Just keep wearing your t-shirt for days without washing it. Your shirt will start talking to you after a while.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Nenaptio 14 years ago
making undercover assignments easier! no need for hidden microphones, the microphone is the shirt! but by making these, the government could probably know what everyone is doing...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Kyouka 14 years ago
An amazing new development for surveillance technology. Just imagine--Twenty years from now, your pants will be able to spy on you, and subsequently inform you that you're under arrest!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Alladar 14 years ago
Well that will make it alot easier when travelling overseas. Your clothes can tell customs what you have been doing before hoping on the plane.

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