05 Jun 2015 Waiting for our first smart pants by project Jaquard

The partnership between Levi’s and Google’s project Jacquard is makes us anticipate interactive pants in stores hopefully very, very soon.

“We can weave multitouch textile sensors. We can weave multitouch panelsmade of silk, wool, cotton or other materials that are as flexible, colourful and tactile  that are like any other textile. We can weave interactive input devices.”

And just in case you are curious about what went on in my brain once I saw this video, here it comes: Wearable technology? I’m listening! Highly interactive textiles? Sounds awesome! A mass producible, production friendly, extremely powerful new kind of conductive yarn? Please, tell me more!

On that note, I haven’t been able to find much more details or hints on what kind of interactive Levi’s we can expect to appear in stores. But the fact that they developed this new fiber in collaboration with the textile industry makes me expect a whole new range of experiments on the field of smart clothing.

Compared to what has been done in the field of smart textiles, with fibertronics or existing conductive yarns that are tricky to integrate in production processes and not really interactive, this is an exciting next step. The true novelty here really being Google’s ambition to scale project Jaquard into something everybody can make and buy interactive garments. Technical Program Lead of ATAP Ivan Poupyrev puts it this way:
“We have to think about making interactive textiles at the scale of the global apparel fashion industry which sells 19 billion garments a year. We can not expect global fashion industry to change just for us – even though we’re google. … We have to adapt to the textile industry”

We cannot wait to see the next steps of project Jaquard and combined with Soli the interactive possibilities are endless.

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