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February 13, 2007

Can Internet Swatching be Far Behind?

Filed under: Business Tools,Technology — Gorgeous Things @ 4:58 pm

DH sent me a link from NewScientist,com news service. Researchers in Europe have been working on, with some success, a new glove that will allow users to “feel’ fabrics over the Internet. The article reads:

‘Detailed measurements of a fabric’s stress, strain and deformation properties are fed into a computer, recreating it virtually. Two new physical interfaces then allow users to interact with these virtual fabrics – an exoskeleton glove with a powered mechanical control system attached to the back and an array of moving pins under each finger. The “haptic” glove exerts a force on the wearer’s fingers to provide the sensation of manipulating the fabric, while the “touching” pins convey a tactile sense of the material’s texture.’

Alright! For those of you who have avoided shopping for fabrics on the internet, this may provide you the opportunity you have been waiting for. While the practical uses in the near term will probably be limited to communications between manufacturers and designers situated in Europe and the Americas, and their textile mills in the Far East. Imagine the possibilities for the home marketplace down the line. Who knows, some day you may be able to rub your hands along different silk crepes or woolen boucles. How fun would it be to ‘handle’ Linton Tweeds from the comfort of your own home? Sewing Diva Heaven.

Read the article in its entirety Here

Happy Virtual Swatching!



  1. That’s a bit freaky!

    Comment by Kelly — February 13, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  2. I want to know how they get the monitor to simulate the fabric weave, smell, and my sense of touch.

    Comment by Little Miss Sew N Sew — February 13, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  3. This is already possible and already happens in more select fields such as medical.

    The way I know the medical ones work is by having cloves with sensors attached to an elaborate mechanical device that will control where your hands can and can not go and will use motors to enforce them limitations and create stress so it will feel like you are actually straining against something.

    Oh, that was a brain dump that wasn’t all that clear hahaah

    Comment by Ben — February 16, 2007 @ 5:28 am

  4. I’m a Doubting Thomas here. As the song says, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing, Baby!” Maybe it’ll be useful to those who can’t always get out to the brick and mortar stores.

    Comment by Judi — February 16, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

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