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.
I don't get it why would you want it. You can put a lot of memory on a chip the size of penny, why do you need a suit?
have you not seen that show with jackie chan and he has that suit? DUH!
In the future, wearing this suit and as you meet your friends, should anyone of them give you a good nice hug, you will be able to compute this as a positive effect.
Science truly will actually be able to quantify a nice warm fuzzy hug, awwwww!
Side not to self while wearing suit: “Do not wear suit outside on stormy lighting days.” "BUZZZAP!"
It does seem like a fools errand to create LARGE wearable circuits when in another 10 years the power of today's laptop will probably fit into your wristwatch for a fraction of the cost...
Don't get me wrong, I can easily understand sensors and transmitters embedded in clothing... but those data collection/emission devices should not be tasked with storing and processing the data itself. That will always be done more efficiently with smaller microprocessors.
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"made of platinum and woven copper"
Oh, so as long as you can afford clothes woven from platinum then this would be a practical device. Otherwise, it's completely useless and moronic.
I can only imagine Lady Gaga has her order in for this suit, when its finally made!
As a lot of people say, I really don't see the usefulness of this, other than that if we can perfect circuitry woven into clothes we could but LCD screens into shirts and have wearable displays, sensors, and the like. I severely doubt that we will ever see a computer made into shirts and pants, and even if we do, wouldn't the severe challenge of washing these clothes kind of out weigh the benefits, when more than likely as someone said, they could be put into your watch, or even better your glasses.
I think this could be useful for early wearable computers, but I do not foresee this becoming mainstream.