Google’s project Jacquard will be weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces.

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.

This is possible thanks to new conductive yarns, created in collaboration with our industrial partners.

Jacquard yarn structures combine thin, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns like cotton, polyester, or silk, making the yarn strong enough to be woven on any industrial loom.

Jacquard yarns are indistinguishable from the traditional yarns that are used to produce fabrics today.

Using conductive yarns, bespoke touch and gesture-sensitive areas can be woven at precise locations, anywhere on the textile.

Alternatively, sensor grids can be woven throughout the textile, creating large, interactive surfaces.

complementary components are engineered to be as discreet as possible. We developed innovative techniques to attach the conductive yarns to connectors and tiny circuits, no larger than the button on a jacket. These miniaturized electronics capture touch interactions, and various gestures can be inferred using machine-learning algorithms.

Captured touch and gesture data is wirelessly transmitted to mobile phones or other devices to control a wide range of functions, connecting the user to online services, apps, or phone features.

LEDs, haptics, and other embedded outputs provide feedback to the user, seamlessly connecting them to the digital world.

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Connected clothes offer new possibilities for interacting with services, devices, and environments. These interactions can be reconfigured at any time.

Jacquard is a blank canvas for the fashion industry. Designers can use it as they would any fabric, adding new layers of functionality to their designs, without having to learn about electronics.

Developers will be able to connect existing apps and services to Jacquard-enabled clothes and create new features specifically for the platform.

We are also developing custom connectors, electronic components, communication protocols, and an ecosystem of simple applications and cloud services.

Levi’s® Brand is the first partner we joined forces with to create and bring interactive Jacquard garments to consumers.

Since arriving in the Bay Area during the Gold Rush, Levi’s has become a cultural icon known for it’s design of fashionable and functional garments. It has built this reputation over the last 150 years by continually designing and creating products that meet a consumer need – from the 1800s when they first crafted jeans for miners to the 2000s when they introduced the Commuter line built for today’s urban cyclist. Now this tradition of innovation is continued with Jacquard.

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