Shopping for the perfect sweater could someday be as easy as opening your smartphone and testing the softness of the cashmere right on your screen, according to IBM, which says technologies that mimic touch are among several sensory breakthroughs expected during the next five years. "Just as the human brain relies on interacting with the world using multiple senses, by bringing combinations of these breakthroughs together, cognitive systems will bring even greater value and insights, helping us solve some of the most complicated challenges," according to Bernie Meyerson, IBM fellow and vice president of innovation.

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