If you think you’ve seen a lot of innovative technology from Google lately, you haven’t seen anything yet. Smart eyewear and self-driving cars, now Google is introducing smart fabric that will one day enable consumers to control devices just by running their fingers on their clothes.
Google announced ‘Project Jacquard’ at its I/O Developers Conference. The collaboration with Levi’s will bring us a woven textile with capacitative microfibers that will work together like a touchpad. The conductive strands of yarn will be sewn into certain parts of jackets or pants and the fabric will be paired with input devices. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team has been working on this for some time. Google is also working with tailor Nick Hammond of Savile Row’s Norton & Sons to make smart fabric a reality. Once Google has mastered the technology, we will be on our way towards wearing clothes that will also work as touch interfaces for nearby devices.
For more information on the project, take a look at the video below and keep an eye out for updates posted on the Project Jacquard website.