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July 20, 2009 -- By implanting light-sensitive, semiconducting materials into a single synthetic fiber, and then weaving that fiber into nearly one square foot of fabric, MIT scientists have created a flexible camera that has taken a picture of a smiley face.

A fabric camera is just the start. The same technique that put a camera into a fiber can also be used to implant other devices, even full computer systems, into fabrics.

"What would happen if a single strand of fiber became as advanced as a laptop computer?" said Yoel Fink, a scientist at MIT and co-author of a paper that appeared recently in the journal NanoLettters. "The essence of this paper is that this may now be possible."

Creating an intelligent fiber is easier than it sounds. In fact, it's similar to making hard candy.

"We start with a large object that is an exact scale model," said Fink, "and then take it into a furnace, [heat it], elongate it, and draw out kilometers of fibers," each one a tiny replica of the original and much larger model.

Each fiber is two to three times the width of a human hair, the easier for the researchers to handle them, although any sized fiber can be created. The smaller the fiber the more of them can be packed into an area, and the greater the resolution of the image.

Two nano-scale rings, 100 billionth of a meter long, of a light sensitive semiconducting material are encased in the fiber. When light hits those rings, it creates an electrical current that travels through the fiber and into a computer, which uses a special algorithm to decode the signals and create an image, in this case, a smiley
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/0...mera-tech.html

Cool! Man seriously I wish I was studying at MIT
 

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I saw this yesterday. The real interesting part of the article is where they say they think they can put a computer into the fibers. Imagine a whole smart suit that was woven together with multiple networked computers.
 

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We could finally have predator-like camo. Make a suit where the back takes a pic and puts it on the front.
 

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We could finally have predator-like camo. Make a suit where the back takes a pic and puts it on the front.
James Bond Aston Martin
 

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We could finally have predator-like camo. Make a suit where the back takes a pic and puts it on the front.
For a suit to work like that, there would be no back or front
 

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You know what this will be used for right? Covert picture taking. You know that shower curtain in that gym full of hot women? Who thinks it is still just a shower curtain?


Wonder if it can take video. A spy could just walk by stuff and get a tape of it. Wouldn't really even need to stop.
 

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We could finally have predator-like camo.

I totally read this as Pedo...


yeah, this is cool but it must never fall into the wrong hands! <cue cheesy epic music>
 

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<cue cheesy epic music>

Ahahah.

Great... I still haven't got a good digitial camera and I'm sure this will penetrate the camera market in some shape or form... (I hope someone picks up on that).
 

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MIT people say its as "easy as making hard candy" but even that sounds hard to me... epic mind fail

Hahaha
I love stuff like this. Makes you wonder how they discover it
 

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Brb, IRL hax
 

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Overclock the sweater in the winter, and it'll warm you up!
Hahaha
 

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Pretty cool!But i still don't have a camera.Just my mobile camera and that sucks big time
 

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Next thing you know no one will be allowed to wear clothes on shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire because their ear hairs are acutally recievers and one of their nose hairs is taking video of the questions
 

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Next thing you know no one will be allowed to wear clothes on shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire because their ear hairs are acutally recievers and one of their nose hairs is taking video of the questions

What is the world coming to?
 

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Crysis-like nanosuits can be a reality!


If they're anything like they are in my dreams... I can't wait. (And yes, I have actually had a dream where I had a nano-suit. It was awesome.)
 
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