Wearable electronics is becoming ever so popular with smart watches, glasses etc. But what about the dress you wear. What if that dress is inherently smart ready down to the strand of thread. That is exactly what researchers at MIT managed to develop.
MIT researchers managed to incorporate optoelectronic diodes into fibers and weave them into washable fabrics. This is something novel because previous dresses which had electronics had to have plain cloth and electronics stiched together to form the dress.
"High speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and diode photodetectors, within fibers that were then woven at Inman Mills, in South Carolina, into soft, washable fabrics and made into communication systems. This marks the achievement of a long-sought goal of creating “smart” fabrics by incorporating semiconductor devices — the key ingredient of modern electronics — which until now was the missing piece for making fabrics with sophisticated functionality."
Source : MIT News