A new textile fiber has just been developed by MIT. Entirely digital, it will make it possible to create clothes equipped with artificial intelligence, capable of storing information and analyzing physical activities.
So far, thealways relied on circuits . Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States have just created the very first digital fiber. Detailed in an article in the journal , it is able to store and process information, as well as to capture and analyze the activities .
This fiber ofcontains tiny electronic chips and linked together. It is thin and flexible enough to be passed through a needle and woven, and can be washed at least ten times. Each chip can be controlled individually, allowing only certain elements to be activated.
Artificial intelligence in a garment
One meter of fiber can store up to 767 kilobits of information for two months without a power supply. The researchers were able to createcontaining 1,650 connections, with a temperature sensor integrated into the fiber and placed at the level of the armpit. With prior training, the network was able to determine activity with 96% accuracy.
The researchers also imagine using the fiber to store information, such as the wedding music in the bride’s dress or the history of the making.. At present, the system needs to be hooked up to a small external device to work, connected to the end of the fiber. The researchers plan to create a new microcontroller that can be integrated directly inside the fiber, thus creating a complete computer.