02 Jul 2002
Clothes that display information look set to become a reality thanks to new fiber optics from France Telecom.
High-tech clothes that display information, adverts or moving logos could soon be in the shops, thanks to research at France Telecom.
A team from the company has invented a prototype flexible fibre-optic screen that can be woven into clothes. The screen is like a simple fabric, onto which users can download all kinds of visuals from the Internet or computers, claims the company.
A flexible remote-control hidden in a lapel could trigger the displays, with possible applications in public safety, advertising and fashion. According to project director André Weill, the technology could be adapted for use in bags, scarves and furnishings.
Michael Hatcher is technology editor of Opto and Laser Europe magazine.