Fabric patches
October 24th, 2004

Adrian Cable,Gauri Nanda and Michael Bove at MIT‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¥s Media Lab have developed a system of computerised fabric patches New Scientist reports.”Imagine a handbag that warns you if you are about to forget your umbrella or wallet, and which you can later turn into a scarf that displays today‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¥s pollution levels. Or how about creating a wall hanging that glows if someone tries to use your home‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¥s wireless internet connection?All these bizarre objects could soon be possible thanks to a system of computerised fabric patches developed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Each patch contains a functional unit of the system – a microprocessor and memory plus either a radio transceiver, a sensor, a microphone, batteries or a display.Put the patches together in different ways and you can create a variety of information-providing or environment-sensing objects, say developers Adrian Cable,Gauri Nanda and Michael Bove at MIT‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¥s Media Lab”.
Smart fabrics make for enhanced living


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