MIT engineers have created the first digital fiber capable of recognizing, storing, analyzing and identifying user activity.
To create the new fiber, the scientists took a hundred square silicon microchips with digital microcircuits into a preform. It was then used to create polymer fibers.
The fiber itself is thin and flexible, it can be sewn into fabric and washed at least 10 times. According to the authors of the development, it is not felt at all when worn.
Digital fiber stores a large amount of information in memory. In the course of the study, the scientists recorded, stored and read information about the fiber, including a 767-kilobit full-color short video file and a 0.48-megabyte music file. Files are stored in fiber memory for two months without power.
Adding an artificial intelligence component to fiber further enhances its capabilities, the researchers said. Tissues with digital components can collect a lot of information throughout the body over time, and this data is ideal for machine learning algorithms.
“This type of tissue will provide quantitative and qualitative data from open sources to extract new body models that we did not know about before,” the authors of the development conclude.