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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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Paris Hilton

Shoes

How long before someone makes shoes out of this stuff?

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Anonymous Coward

Good for Camouflage

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

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Coat

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

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Coat

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...

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Black Helicopters

Could be the start of..

Cloaking device. Project image seen on opposite side.

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Alien

Perfect!!

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

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Go

And...

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

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Paris Hilton

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

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

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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

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Paris Hilton

PP

Paparazzi Paradise

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Coat

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.

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New Category

She Shot Herselve - hot, wet beaver closeups

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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.

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Happy

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

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Big Brother

But what happens...

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

Ewwwwwwwwww!

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

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Boffin

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.

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Be Careful

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

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Coat

Confused...

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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