Off the rails: Clothes that record speech

25.07.2010 MIT : Cambridge : Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts – Forgotten what someone told you? Your clothes could remind you.

Yoel Fink, a materials-science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has invented a fibre that can detect and produce sound which he says could open the way for shirts to be used as microphones or voice recorders.

The fibre contains a plastic commonly used in microphones. Each strand of fibre has fluorine atoms on one side and hydrogen atoms on the other. That asymmetry makes the plastic piezoelectric: it changes shape when it encounters an electric field, making it possible to record and make sound.

For more on MIT’s latest innovations, read our Seed about a pair of Lycra gloves that enable people to interact with a computer screen through hand gestures.

Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA
Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA
Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA Speech recording clothes by MIT inventors, USA
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