There was a time when a camera was its own thing. Now my phone's a camera, my computer's a camera, and it looks like pretty soon my pants could be a camera too. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a thread with bundles of photo-sensitive fiber optic cables inside. The cables transmit light back to a computer, effectively turning each thread into a camera.
Each threads contain eight fiber optic sensors, arranged in two layers. The inner layer allows the computer to calculate the color of the light, while the outer layer records the placement of the light. Together, the information recorded by the two layers produces a color image.
So far, the researchers haven't come up with any specific applications for the new material, although they speculated that it could be used to create everything from combat uniforms that record when a soldier sustains a wound to flexible telescopes to chemical sensing clothing. And of course, who knows what might happen once Alexander McQueen gets a hold of this stuff.
[via Technology Review]
How about kids clothing? Check your portable device to check in on their whereabouts... Regardless I think there are countless uses. None of which I know yet, but being that there a billions of opinions on Earth Im sure there will be some excellent ideas ;-)
Combine it with LCD fabric and you have an invisible suit.
Do not iron do not tumble dry.
that is sooooo cool! Now hats can take pics
As soon as your clothes get Wifi I'm gonna hack em and take pics of your underoos!
Interesting. There will be no privacy.
but kinda cool.
i can definitly see the downside
but the positive things could be better computing technology.
if we can make a camera this small, we can probably shrink everything else. imagine that your shirt is your ipod.
I love tech. All tech, any tech, all the time. Tech can make you say: Wow! Tech can dramatically change our lives for the better. Nuclear medicine-good, nuclear weapons-not so much. Photo tech is wonderful. I love having a digital camera and snapping thousands of pictures at essentially no cost until I store them permanently. Ingestible cameras are making internal medicine dramatically different from even the past few years. Gastrointestinal exams can and will be much less invasive than what I can only imagine as the very uncomfortable/unpleasant colonoscopies predominant today.
All the glowing wonders aside. Take a look around wherever you may be sitting. How many places could you stash a micro-camera? Too many in all likelihood. Increase that by an order of magnitude when you consider cameras potentially the size of a few threads. Hmmm. What is that tiny, barely visible line in the dark corner of my ceiling? It's a brave new world big brother.
Take heart brave travellers, I doubt most of us are worth monitoring even on an occaisional basis. I know I'm not. Any technology can be used for good or ill.
Ummmmmmm,if you put you clothes on inside out,will you be making a 'dirty movie'? If you spill something on you will it make a blank spot in the image?
if you can make cameras from these fibers that combined with tiny leds) means you can image the stomach, esophagus, and even blood vessels..
when we will see that in markets