Here at PopSci, we're greatly looking forward to wearing our technology. There's been a lot of work done on this front, from fireproofing to power generation, and now we can add memory storage to the list of things fabric of the future will be able to do.
Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center have created a proof-of-concept design for a flexible memory fabric made of platinum and woven copper and copper-oxide wires that form a memory circuit. In tests, this e-textile system was able to store information for more than 100 days, and was completely reversible and rewriteable.
To really become something we'd want to put on in the morning, though, the fabric needs to add a power source, sensors and computing ability. While a full-fledged computing suit may still be far away, the advances in textile tech are mounting, and it's only a matter of time.
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