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Imagine a handbag that warns you if you are about to forget your umbrella or wallet, and which you can later turn into a scarf that displays today’s pollution levels. Or how about creating a wall hanging that glows if someone tries to use your home’s wireless Internet connection?
Microscopic chain mail made from minuscule metal links has been made by US researchers. It could ultimately be used to create textiles with sensors and other electronics built in.
Microchip-scale electronic components could perhaps also one day be built directly into the links of the chain-mail, Liu says. The manufacturing technique employed should make this feasible. And this would allow sensors, communications or power components to be completely embedded within fully flexible fabrics.
Originally posted by SkipShipman
Maybe the Back to the Future Trilogy can shed some light upon science fiction becoming science fact. If you remember the clothing talking it said "Your Jacket is now dry."