It may sound like something from a highly stylized science-fiction film but imagine a soldier who could detect threats by seeing in all directions at once. A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have taken the first step to turning this futuristic vision into reality with a new imaging technique that involves light-detecting fibres that could be woven into a flexible web or even a soldier’s uniform.
The individual fibres created by the MIT team consist of two separate sheets of semiconducting glasses — just 100nm thick — folded up like a Swiss roll. Electrodes are worked into the fibres and the resulting cylinder, which is 35cm long, is covered in an insulating cladding. The fibres can detect light because photons interacting with a semiconductor material can ionize the component atoms, thus triggering a current in the presence of a potential difference.
Wow, I will take a par of pants, jacket and a boonie hat please.
And the eyes in the back of my head saying get a whole new meaning now.