After a refrigerator, a television, and watches, soon turn jeans are made “smart”. That is what is being developed by Google along the famous jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss. The two companies announced their collaboration in the conference Google I / 0 2015.
Wearable device alias devices worn on the body will later be able to receive the input of flip-style touchpad that is used to control gadgets through body gestures. Control music playback on the phone, for example, can be done by tapping or swiping a finger over jeans textile materials.
Named “Project Jacquard”, the development of the smart jeans is the brainchild of Advanced Technology and Projects division (ATAP) Google. ROOF team plans to make smart jeans material using special conductive fibers stitched together with usual textile materials.
These special fibers can later be used with a wide variety of textile materials, not limited to jeans only. The design of the clothes can be left entirely to the designers. Parts that can accept input can be made to stand out from the other parts, for example by being given a different color, or made together. Can also be restricted to certain areas.
Although sophisticated, smart jeans can later be treated as ordinary textile materials. “It’s washable,” said Emre Karagozler of Google ROOF, who calls homemade experimental products it as “interactive textiles”. Treatment as ordinary cloth.
In addition Jacquard Project, Google is also developing another experiment called Project Soli involving a chip “radar”.
This chip is able to detect the movements of the user’s hand, such as flicking or wiggled a finger, to be used to control wearable device. The size of the “radar” is concerned deliberately small to be implanted in the devices kinds of smart watches.
Unfortunately, although interesting, there is no information about when the two experiments above will manifest itself in the form of finished products.