The tissues have not changed that much. For years, the shirt has been just a shirt.

But a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to add a feature to the fibers.

What if your shirt, for example, contained electronics that could track your heart rate or your unborn baby’s heart rate?

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design created a a fabric microphone that literally turns your clothes into a sound detector. And the integration of electronics is fine. The technology merges with the material visually and is comfortable for the wearer, according to Dr. Joel Fink, a professor at MIT and a lead researcher on the microphone project.

“The days of the computer or the phone in a glass box in our pocket or pocket are numbered,” said Prof. Fink in our episode of Here’s an idea. “The future of computers is in the tissues.

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