The future of fashion could be based on interactive clothing after researchers in Japan created a way to project images onto moving fabric.

Until now, it has only been possible to project onto still surfaces, or at the most those that move in a steady and predictable manner. Now, scientists at the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Tokyo have developed a way of projecting images onto any surface.

The technology behind it is called “DynaFlash”, essentially a high-speed projection that refreshes the image so quickly it can respond to ripples in clothes and any movement so that a complete and clear image is always projected onto the fabric.

This is done by firing out 8-bit images at 1,000 frames per second (fps) with only a three micro-second delay.

This is combined with a high-speed surface tracker, also working at 1,000 fps.

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“A human cannot perceive any misalignment between the dynamically deforming target and the projected images,” the researchers said.

“Especially, focusing on new paradigms in the field of user interface and fashion, we have demonstrated dynamic projection mapping onto a deformed sheet of paper and T-shirt. Also we show that projection to multiple targets can be controlled flexibly by using our recognition technique.”

The result is the ability to present moving, dynamic images on clothing or other moving surfaces that it’s suggested could be used for advertising as well as fashion purposes.