New way to store passwords … via fabric.

A group from the University of Washington is exploring the future of technology, security and wearables with a new, non-electronic magnetized fabric that is capable of storing data.

While there have been plenty of smart wearables unveiled over the past few years, this innovative fabric sets itself apart because it does not run on batteries or electronics, but instead harnesses the power of conductive thread. One of the tests run by the group involved storing passcode data for an electronic door lock. As the fabric is magnetized, it will never lose the stored data from washing, drying or ironing.

Although the technology are currently being explored in its fabric form, there could be other implications for other wearables like jewelry and accessories.

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