Shalom Life | September 10, 2015

Google and Levi's Team Up For Touch-Screen Enabled Clothing

Project Jacquard weaves interactive textiles into regular fabrics, creating "smart" garments

By: Shauna Campbell

Published: June 1st, 2015 in Business » World

Google and Levi's Team Up For Touch-Screen Enabled Clothing

Photo: Project Jacquard

Credit: Mobile Syrup


You've heard of smartphones, refrigerators and all sorts of other smart appliances, but smart garments? Well, they're happening.

Google and Levi Strauss have teamed up for a new project called Project Jacquard, named after a Frenchman who has invented a type of loom.

This new initiative will be designed and spearheaded by a small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) and is taking touch screen to another level by developing touch screen enabled clothes. The touch controls will weave "interactive" textiles right into your clothes, giving any garment the ability to communicate with other gadgets and operate just like a touch screen device.

“We are enabling interactive textiles,” the ATAP's own Emre Karagozler stated as part of their announcement. “We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

“It is stretchable; it is washable,” he added. “It is just like normal fabric.”

These special threads can be made to stand out or can be invisible to the naked eye; it is all dependent on the design on the garment of clothes. Any form of fabric can have a touch screen enabled in it whether it be jeans, a dress or even your living room carpet. The great thing about these new touch screen fabrics is that it is just like any normal fabric that can be washed.

It will also make sending phone calls or even simple text messages that much easier because, by the touch or swipe of a garment, data can be sent to any wireless device. Levi's reportedly expects to release its first touch-screen enabled clothing by the end of next year, and predict that these new smart garments will make their way to everyone's closets.

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