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One day your clothes could take photographs, according to MIT scientists who have made a fabric that can capture images of a smiley face. A team at MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering has developed an optical-fibre mesh that can detect an image projected onto it. “This is the first time that anyone has …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    How long before someone makes shoes out of this stuff?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good for Camouflage

    If you combine this with the cloth that can display images, you have some primo-grade camo there.

  3. M7S

    Walking around in London

    So the choise is get nicked for being clothed, or going about "indecently"?

    Or do only "long lenses" get arrested by paranoid officers fighting terrorism?

    Mine will have to be the see through mac then

  4. Graham Marsden

    Plod will love this...

    ... Excuse me Sir, but was your jacket taking a photograph of this building which may be of use to terrorists...?

    Mine's the 12MP coat...

  5. Chris Paulson
    Black Helicopters

    Could be the start of..

    Cloaking device. Project image seen on opposite side.

  6. Lottie


    Make some PJs out of the stuff and we can PROVE that aliens abduct us at night........

  7. Dick Emery


    ...if a police officer suspects you of being a terrorist taking photos you will be required to take your clothes off!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Who is going to be the first to suggest...

    ... getting Paris H to wear it inside-out...

  9. Psymon

    very interesting

    so it work on roughly the same principle as an insect eye, the fly being the typical example.

    I remember a great many innacurate recreations of how the fly sees. That is, the typical camera trick of producing many hexagonal duplicates of the same image, when in actual fact each hexagonal element would have actually been an individual pixel of the same image.

    I wouldn't be suprised if DARPA showed an interest in this. The potential for highly discrete cameras with built in redundancy is certainly appealing in a military and espionage content.

    Of course, the electronics required to make sense of the image would be the hardest factor to disguise, both in physical dimensions, and transmissions.

    Aww, where's my black helicopter? Spose the grenage will have to do

  10. Rock Lobster
    Paris Hilton


    Paparazzi Paradise

  11. Dennis

    What took so long?

    Taking images with cloth was done centuries ago. Or is the Turin Shroud a modern fake?

    So perhaps this should be: Scientists mimic God's camera.

    Mine's the one with the religious relics made out of plastic in the pocket.

  12. MyHeadIsSpinning
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    New Category

    She Shot Herselve - hot, wet beaver closeups

  13. Dennis
    Thumb Up

    Re: Who is going to be the first to suggest...

    Well, I was going to say: No more turning tha pants inside out to make them last an extra day. But at least we can have fun with bed sheets made out of this material.

  14. SlackerUK

    @Anon Coward

    Oh come on - we've all seen Paris without her kit on.

  15. SmallYellowFuzzyDuck, how pweety!
    Big Brother

    But what happens...

    If they put the camera on underpants and I put the underpants on inside out.


    (Gonna need a big wide angle lense mind *Wink*)

  16. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    A small problem

    OK so you can make a patch of this material. But most fabrics are made of *continuous* fibres. So unless you make the fibre and *cut* each fibre to get its ends free to act as the sensor it will need to bend the fibre at each corner enough to allow light to enter.

    It's the start of a neat idea.

  17. Pablo

    Be Careful

    Not to to put it on inside out, because nobody wants to see /that/ picture.

  18. Allan George Dyer


    If a policeman using one of those backscatter x-ray imagers takes a picture of me through my camera clothes, will he arrest me as a potential terrorist because my clothes snapped him, or not, because he didn't see them in the image?

    Mine's the one plugged into the video recorder...

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