MIT researchers are developing 'functional fibers' that can detect and produce sound (Image: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT/Greg Hren)
Yoel Fink, flanked by graduate students Sasha Stoyarov and Noemie Chocat (Image: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT/Greg Hren)
We all know of optical fibers, the filaments of glass that carry data in the form of light pulses and enable the high-speed global telecommunications networks we take for granted today. For the past decade, Yoel Fink has been working at MIT to develop fibers with ever more sophisticated properties which enable fabrics to interact with their environment. Fink and his collaborators have now announced a new milestone on the path to functional fibers – fibers that can detect and produce sound.
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