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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Smart clothes could take photos

Picture left:An early prototype of the smart shirt developed at Georgia Tech
Smart fabrics that may one day be able to take images of their surroundings are under development by US researchers. The research team has found a way to accurately place sensors in each relatively large polymer fibres and co-ordinate the electrical signals they send when light falls on them.

Chinese and U.S. researchers have developed a carbon nanotube-coated smart yarn which can conduct electricity and be woven into textiles to detect blood or to monitor health last year.

N.B. Nanotechnology, shortened to "Nanotech", is the study of the control of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally nanotechnology deals with structures of the size 100 nanometers or smaller, and involves developing materials or devices within that size.

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