Washable smart fabric uses magnetic thread to store data

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Computer scientists from the University of Washington (UW) discovered that the built-in magnetic capabilities of conductive thread can store ID and security data. Currently, many wearables incorporate some type of electric current, making the items relatively fragile when compared to everyday clothing such as ties and t-shirts. By removing the need for electronic components, items of clothing using the magnetic threads can be washed at high temperatures, dried in a machine and ironed.

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