November 14, 2004 A smart handbag has been created that tells the user if they have forgotten their keys or wallet, lights up when it gets dark and can wirelessly download information like weather reports from the internet and tell your umbrella it will be needed. The bYOB (Build Your Own Bag) is a flexible, computationally enhanced modular textile system that also transforms its shape according to your needs. When modules are snapped together to form an object, they communicate with people, other objects and their environment in a 'pervasive computing' network. The current bYOB prototype consists of squares and equilateral triangles approximately 4"x4" and no more than 1/8" thick.
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