In 5 years, you will be able to touch through your phone. IBM is working on bringing a sense of touch to mobile devices, and bringing together virtual and real world experiences for a number of industries including retail. Shoppers will be able to “feel” the texture and weave of a fabric or product by brushing their finger over the item’s image on a device’s screen.
Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. See the other predictions at http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibm_predictions_for_future/ideas/