A new exhibit is currently being held in Italy called Tokyo Fiber 2009: Senseware. Featuring a collection of designers, artists, manufacturers and architects, the exhibit is meant to display the possibilities of Japanese artificial fiber technology. Mintdesigns created a pollution mask that is molded into a gorilla snout using SMASH fibers.
Hiroo Iwata created a set of robotic tiles that can detect foot positions using electrically-conductive fibers. The creator says that in the future this material could also be used to make fabric keyboards. Finally, UK designer Ross Lovegrove created an exquisitely designed, ultra light-weight backpack made from aerospace material. The exhibit runs until April 27th, and you can find out more about the artists and the show here.
Via Cool Hunting