Naked Clothes

At MIT, a research team is developing fabric woven from light detecting fibers that are capable of capturing images. Instead of using a single lens to collect light and create an image, the web of fibers provides a distributed imaging capability across the surface of the fabric. A collection of many small data points can be correlated into an image using computer processing.

Besides the classic invisibility cloak, another obvious extension of this technology is clothing that can offer all the protective qualities that we find useful while being programmed to be transparent, opaque, or project any color or pattern across various parts of the fabric. You could choose to wear heavy winter clothing in nude mode or a light skin-tight suit that changes as you wish or even projects moving images across the fabric surface.

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A fabric with vision – [mit.edu]

The individual fibers measure the intensity of the light illuminating them and convert it to an electrical signal. Importantly, they are also designed to differentiate between light at different wavelengths or colors. A mesh of fibers is then deployed to measure light intensity distribution at different wavelengths across a large area.

MIT’s “MetaMaterials”: Optical Clothing for a James-Bond World – [dailygalaxy.com]

MIT researchers developed a sophisticated nanotech mesh with woven semiconductor fibers able to detect incoming light. Each fiber can relay its reception via sub-millimeter electrical contacts, and an external computer reconstructs the image from the inputs (extrapolating from the signals from all fibers and a recording of the design of the fabric). The optofabric has already been used to detect a smiley face, meaning it can read half the internet (once it gets fleshtones it’ll have the other half).

MIT develops camera-like fabric – [cnet.com]

MIT suggested that the technology, if developed further, could give a soldier a uniform that would help him see threats in all directions. Optical fiber webs, by distributing the chore across a large area, would be less susceptible to damage in one area.

The technology uses fibers less than a millimeter in diameter, stretched into thin form from a thicker cylinder. Within the fibers are two cylindrical shells of semiconductor material, each connected to the outside world with four built-in metal electrodes.

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