Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces.

Project Jacquard is the latest innovation to come from Google’s advanced technology and projects division. Turning normal fabric into touch sensitive surfaces, designers and developers are able to integrate this new technology into their own products transforming the concept of wearables.

The possibility of being able to adjust your smartphone’s various functions with just a swipe of the finger on your clothes may be closer than you think. Factories in Japan are producing the yarns which make up the basis of the project and at the present moment, conductive layers integrate bluetooth connections enabling access to everything you want.

In an interview with TechRadar, Ivan Poupyrev, technical program lead on Project Jacquard, shares his insights on the new project, “There are two approaches here. Approach number one is you can make the electronics [waterproof] and seal it tightly in the jackets. We have waterproof electronics everywhere, we have pacemakers inside the body, we have things that are going into the water. But there’s more than just that. Is it recyclable, what about repairing? There’s a million different things [to consider]. So another approach is to have an external connector where you can plug in the electronics externally, and just leave a little button going in, and then it will power your garment. It may be done invisibly, in the pocket, or anywhere.”

To learn more on what distinguishes this new interface technology, how it will work, and how Project Jacquard transforms the concept of wearables, visit the original article here.



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