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Google’s Project Jacquard weaves touch interfaces into your clothes

Smart textiles are one stitch closer to being a daily reality.

Google’s Project Jacquard is experimenting with conductive threads woven into garments that transform nearly any area into a touch sensitive panel much like the screen on your smartphone.

The brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Progress (ATAP) department, Project Jacquard was announced at their I/O developer conference in San Francisco (the same event which saw them announce a tiny hand gesture sensing radar).

The technology is seamlessly simple, and that’s the point. When touched, a grid of conductive threads send signals to a chip which translates them into simple controls for devices like smartphones or tablets. Want to crank the volume on that song you’re listening to? Just brush your sleeve.

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