Those rather clever fellows over at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have come up with yet another potentially ground breaking invention. After a decade of research into the creation of fabrics that can interact with their environment, they have created musical thread - fibres that can detect and produce sound.
There’s obviously a lot of technical stuff involved in this process, and you can read all about that here if you so wish. The long and short of it is that they have developed fibres that can act as a microphone. “A fabric woven from acoustic fibres would provide the equivalent of millions of tiny acoustic sensors” states the report.
So what does this all mean? Well it’s another step closer on the road to the Internet Of Things concept, whereby objects themselves will be the new communicators, as opposed to merely mobiles and computers.
Usable consumer versions of the technology are somewhat far off, but the implications for fashion brands to tap into ‘augmented clothing’ that can communicate with the Internet and other people offers up a whole realm of opportunities. Your clothes themselves could soon act as an audio discovery device, picking up “all the sounds around you”. Rather than using Shazam to identify audio you like, soon your Jumper or your jeans could be doing this automatically and updating your personal music player for you without any input from a human being.