We may not be that far away from sitting next to a customer and "sketching" a 3D interactive prototype as we discuss his needs. The heck with the tablets back to pen and paper -sort of!
Electronics aren’t just for experts and engineers. Kids and amateurs should be able to play, too, which is why Leah Buechley designs little paper-based electronics for "sketching" and interactive electronic fashion for tinkering. Buechley designs and creates electronic textiles, or e-textiles, like this jacket that can signal which way you’re turning on your bike. She’s an assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she also directs the High-Low Tech research group.