We are entering the age when yesteryear's science fiction is manifesting itself in the real world.
My chum Rick Curl, knowing of my interest in Arduino-related topics, just sent me an email with the subject line "Something interesting you can do with an Arduino." I couldn't resist. I immediately clicked on the link provided in the email, and I was amazed, amused, and astonished by the following video.
What we're talking about here is something called Fundawear -- male and female undergarments containing a substantial number of small vibrating actuators. The idea is that someone (whom we can assume to be a reasonably close friend) located somewhere -- possibly on the far side of the world -- can use a touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet to communicate with your undergarments via a real-time server. According to the video, the software application, real-time server, and touch actuator technology associated with these garments have been designed with the goal of replicating the nuances of touch.
I feel a little strange talking about this, but I'd say the genie is out of the bottle now. What are your thoughts on this sort of thing? I won't ask if you would be interested in purchasing these products yourself (I'd prefer not to know), but how long do you think it will be before you can order them on Amazon, for example?
And are you wondering why we commenced this blog talking about the Arduino, or are you still mulling over the implications of remote-controlled undergarments? In fact, Curl sent his original message because the Fundawear prototypes were implemented using an Arduino Mega development board. This is not an Arduino-based project that would have crossed my mind. Does this mean I'm turning into a fuddy duddy in my old age?
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting