Levis and Google working on interactive, internet device-linked fabric, how effing insane are these people? Are they gathering data on your fart and logging how often you scratch you belly?
Actually the claims they make for this new fabric are even crazier. I’m not saying the stuff will not do what they say, but FFS who apart from total nerds would want it. Throughout the day we all do stuff we don’t want to share with the internet.
Project Jacquard named after the inventor of a type of loom was revealed during the internet giants annual developers conference in San Francisco on Friday.
We are enabling interactive textiles, ATAPs Emre Karagozler said while showing off the new smart textiles. We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.
To answer one of the key questions around the material itself, Karagozler explained: It is stretchable; it is washable It is just like normal fabric.
The new type of threads used for the material can be woven into any shape, size or pattern and be made either to stand out or be invisible. The interactive material would be able to understand various gestures like crossing your legs or swiping your sleeve with your fingers.
The special fabric would also be capable of sending the data wirelessly to smartphones and other devices, opening up an array of new types of applications, aside from the most basic communication commands like placing a phone call and sending a text message.
It becomes a home to new forms and applications we havent thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting, Vice President of Innovation for Levis said.
While not exactly an option for everyone, the interactive fabric would even be capable of notifying its wearer if they were gaining weight and be ready to suggest gyms, yoga classes and offer other health-related tips, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes noted.
Source: Russia Today
It sounds to us like a new advance in creepiness from the world’s creepiest corporation. Steer well clear of Google in future.