Fabrics that act as communications devices

February 19, 2013

Wired magazine has a story about research in the ISN, "The breakthrough came a few years ago when the team, led by MIT materials-science professor Yoel Fink, demonstrated that they could fabricate fibers made out of a 'multiplicity of materials,' Fink tells Danger Room, instead of the single-material glass fibers that make up fiberoptic cable. That led the team to think about turning the fibers themselves into functional devices. To build a fiber that could detect heat, for instance, you take some semiconductor material — whose conductivity changes when heat varies — spanning wires running down the length of the fiber." 



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