After their partnership with Qualcomm, in order to develop the Tango smartphone, was announced, it’s time to talk about another revolutionary idea, currently known as Project Jacquard.
Technology in your clothes!
To be more specific, the partnership between Google and Levi’s will result in a line of smart clothes, which, using conductive yarns and gesture-sensitive areas, woven into textile and connected to electrical components and small circuits, according to Tech Smash.
The name Project Jacquard was inspired by the type of yarn that is being used to support the technology. As stated by the project’s official website, the material combines thin, metallic alloys and natural yarns like cotton, polyester or silk.
Technically, it’s resistant enough to be woven on any industrial loom, but the best part is that it’s indistinguishable from traditional yarns, being used to produce fabrics today.
As for the electrical components used by Project Jacquard, Google was able to make them so small that you won’t even notice them while wearing the clothing. For example, the connectors and circuits are smaller than a button found on a jacket. Also, let’s not forget that that Levi’s will be in charge with the design, so the final products will definitely look good.
Check out the video below for more details:
Of course, there’s still a lot of time left until Project Jacquard will be a part of our lives. For the moment, this is just a concept, but the overall idea is excellent, as it allows you to make use of technology way more easier.
The possibilities are almost endless
We’re looking forward to seeing developers exploiting the technology behind this project, by connecting existing apps and services to Jacquard-enabled clothing.
Any first thoughts on this? Would you be interested in integrating technology into your clothes?