By 2017, technology will have advanced far enough that computers will be able to see, smell, touch, taste and hear via digital taste buds, newly sensitive pixels and other innovations. You’ll even be able to touch something through your phone, announced Bernie Meyerson, IBM fellow and vice president of innovation.
“If you’re buying a textured fabric, you should be able to run your hand across the screen and get the feeling of touching that fabric,” Meyerson told FoxNews.com. “That’s not as impossible as it may seem.”
Every year, IBM announces the “5 in 5”: Five technology innovations that seem ripped from the pages of a sci-fi novel, yet are arguably very realistic based on the state of the industry.
Researchers at the Polytechnic School in Montreal, Canada are exploring applications for a touch-sensitive fabric in cars that reacts to finger swipes or touches to control any device.
“In essence we are trying to reproduce the smartphone experience in textile form,” says researcher Maksim Skorobogatiy. “We are looking for applications where we can weave in sleek, non-invasive control, avoiding blocks of push buttons.”
Such a material would allow control of any function in a vehicle from the climate control to stereo volume by simply swiping or touch the side bolster of your seat for example. The applications beyond automotive are endless.