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Unstable Molecules or Mythril?

Some electrical engineers in Illinois created 'smart' fabric. It's essentially like chainmail, except the chains and links are super super tiny. About 500 micrometers. So the material is very flexible.

Because the rings and links can slide and rotate against each other, the fabric possesses unique mechanical and electrical properties. For example, the electrical resistance changes when the fabric is stretched. These properties could prove useful for the development of smart fabric and wearable electronic devices for pervasive computing.

"The first layer of fabric could consist of silicon islands with embedded circuits or sensors," said Liu, who also is affiliated with the university's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.

"The resulting fabric could generate electricity, detect movement or damage, or serve some other active role," Liu said.
[emphasis mine]

Big deal. I'm constantly generating electricity.

By min | March 30, 2007, 12:00 PM | Comics & Science