Wearable Tech: Google Teams with Levi’s

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Google and Levi’s have just teamed up to allow you to call your girlfriend with your pants. Yes, wearable tech is becoming a truth.

We’ve seen some experimental smart clothing before, but none of them can rocket our interest like this one. Google and Levi’s announced that they will be collaborating to make smart jeans.

This collaboration is called “Project Jacquard.” With this project, they can develop one’s jeans, shirts, jackets and even underwear into wearable technology input devices.

Google has already showed how swiping the yarn woven into fabrics can control the music playing on a smartphone.

Ivan Poupyrev, technical program leader at Google’s Advanced Technology and Products group (ATAP), said.

“We’ve been looking at conductive garments for over 20 years. What we’ve done is built the interactive element into the textile. We join the yarns with a connector that enables you to connect to a mobile phone or tablet. It’s about the size of a regular Levi’s button and includes a power source and Bluetooth connection.”

Emre Karagozler of ATAP explains

“We are enabling interactive textiles. We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

Levi’s expects to launch this new product in the market next year.

Image: Via Flickr/James Alby

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