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01-10-2012, 12:37 AM
IMAGINE swishing a fingertip along the fabric of your car seat to control the radio volume. Or impressing guests by dimming your living room lights with a languid swipe along the arm of your sofa. These ideas could soon become reality thanks to a smart fabric that behaves like the touchscreen on your cellphone.Because you can clean it, the material will be practical for everyday use.

"In essence we are trying to reproduce the smartphone experience in textile form," says researcher Maksim Skorobogatiy (http://www.photonics.phys.polymtl.ca/) of the Polytechnic School in Montreal, Canada. "We are looking for applications where we can weave in sleek, non-invasive control, avoiding blocks of push buttons." [...]

"The resulting fibres are easy to use in conventional weaving processes," says Skorobogatiy. To prove it, they wove their fibres into a 10 cm by 15 cm piece of material. Finger touches or swipes modified the capacitance of the fabric (a measure of its ability to store charge) when an alternating current was passed through the fibres. That allowed the team to write software that could pinpoint exactly where the pad had been touched. This means that finger movements such as swipes and touches can be logged and used to control the air-conditioning, say, or the volume on the radio.


It was only a mater of time. Sounds cool.

01-10-2012, 02:24 PM
really cool. but the 1st generation offered will be cost ineffective. like most new technology they have to recover the investments in making it. I never buy 1st generation anything.

I was reading about the CES show in Vegas. they're beating the drums for OLED TV again. which was shown years ago. guess their getting closer to production.



I also heard news of a new flash drive that someday will replace that clunkly ole HD in your PC. feature that. power on and your desktop is there in a few secs