Researchers have made big strides in the last several years to develop textiles that include sensors and other electronic components to support the design of smart clothing. Now, a team at MIT—in collaboration with other scientists—has made a key breakthrough in advancing these technologies with the development of cloth embedded with semiconductors. The researchers believe that their findings could accelerate the development of wearable technology.

Embedded Semiconductors

Specifically, researchers from both academia and the private sector have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers that were then turned into soft, washable fabrics that can serve as high-tech communication systems. The company Inman Mills in South Carolina fabricated the cloth, producing a kind of “soft hardware” that people can wear, researchers said in an MIT news release. Read More