Google ATAP And Levi Showcase Gesture-Controlled Project Jacquard Smart Jacket
According to Google ATAP, “Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.”
Google ATAP further developed electronic components that contain connectors and circuits, but are no larger than a button. These tiny electronics are able to capture touch interactions and detect other gestures through machine-learning algorithms. This data is then transmitted to mobile phones or other devices in order to control a variety of functions. LEDs, haptics, and other embedded outputs are able to provide feedback to the wearer.
Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation for Levi Strauss & Co., remarked, “Anyone on a bike knows that navigating your screen while navigating busy city streets isn’t easy – or a particularly good idea. This jacket helps to resolve that real-world challenge by becoming the co-pilot for your life, on and off your bike.”