The one application of Ambient Intelligence that sparks the imagination of young designers seems to be wearable computing. An American designer, Natalia Allen, reckons there’s an emerging ‘fashion tech industry’, and a Canadian artist, Joanna Berzowska, is excited by the potential of what she calls ‘soft computation’: electronic textiles, responsive clothing as wearable technology, reactive materials and squishy interfaces. Berzowska’s talk at next month’s Wearable Technologies conference, in Wales, includes a description of ‘memory rich garments’. As with most aspects of AmI, these sound like a mixed blessing: most of us surely possess garments that were present at occasions we’d rather they forgot.