Introducing Project Jacquard
Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.
Everyday objects like garments and article of furniture may be reworked into interactive surfaces.
Button sized computers will then allow it to communicate with a mobile phone and different devices.
‘If you can weave interactivity and input ways into the fabric, that is the opening move towards a wearable computer,’ said Ivan Poupyrev, who is leading the project, called project Jacquard
HOW STUFF WORKS
- Jacquard yarn structures mix skinny, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns like cotton, polyester, or silk, creating the yarn strong enough to be woven on any industrial loom.
- Jacquard yarns are indistinguishable from the normal yarns that are used to manufacture materials these days.
- Button sized computers will then enable it to communicate with a mobile phone and different devices.
‘We want to shirk the component to the size of a button so users won’t see o feel it,’ said Nan-Wei Gong of Google
‘Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms,’ said Google.
Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.
Jacquard is a blank canvas for the fashion industry.
Designers can use it as they would any fabric, adding new layers of functionality to their designs, without having to learn about electronics.
Developers will be able to connect existing apps and services to Jacquard-enabled clothes and create new features specifically for the platform.
At Google’s I/O developer conference, Levi’s announced that it is partnering with Google on the project.
If there’s a chance to enable the clothes that we already love to help us facilitate access to the best and most necessary of this digital world while maintaining eye contact with the person we’re eating dinner with, this is a real value,’ said Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss.
If we can deliver that value in the form of clothes that you as friends and fans of this brand already love, that is a project worth doing.