It is only a matter of time before everything around you has sensing capabilities. Thanks to Squid Labs, rope is the next material to get feelings. This group of ex-MIT grads has created electronically sensed rope that can be monitored via computer. With built in wear and load sensing, the rope will be able to detect how close it is to snapping under extreme conditions. Some early applications include obvious safety monitoring for high-risk situations (such as rock climbing) and since it can be cut like typical rope, it even will work in the most mundane conditions like tying your bicycle to your car as you cruise to a technology-free vacation spot.
Squid Labs: Suckers for Novelty [Wired News]