Recently, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) have come up with a fiber that is embedded with electronics. These devices are flexible and can be woven into soft fabrics, which is used into wearable clothing. The technological developments made in the field of textile and fibers have introduced soft hardware that can be easily worn. The researchers have now embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices into the fibers; they also include diode photodetectors and light emitting diodes (LEDs). The washable fibers that were woven in Inman Mills, South Carolina are now made into communication systems. With the help of modern electronics that have helped in creating ‘smart’ fabrics with the help of semiconductor devices.
According to the researchers, this discovery has unleashed a new “Moore’s Law” for fiber, that has outgrown the limited capabilities of fibers with developments over the period. The finding presented in the journal was a paper presented by Michael Rein, a former MIT graduate. In his research, there were a number of professors from MIT, AFFOA, Inman Mills, Lincoln Laboratory and EPFL in Lausanne.
The crucial findings of this research was to add the new fibers to the perform light emitting a semiconductor diodes – a size of a grain sand with a pair of copper wires which is width of a hair. The findings of this research has increased the capabilities in the textile and fabric industry by introducing advanced variety of smart fibers.