Project Jacquard an initiative by Google supported by Levis to manufacture Next-Gen Clothing
It is said that Project Jacquard by Google will now make possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textiles by use of any standard, industrial looms.
Everyday objects such as clothes and even furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.
All this is made possible by spinning of new conductive yarns manufactured by Google’s industrial partners.
This conductive yarn structures is made by combining 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.
Conductive yarns are same in look and feel as the traditional yarns that are used to produce fabrics today.
Conductive yarns are used to provide touch and gesture-sensitive areas which can be woven in to precise locations at any desired place on textile. Sensor grids can be woven throughout the textile, creating large, interactive surfaces.
The complementary electronic components are engineered to be as discreet as possible. An innovative techniques is developed to attach the conductive yarns to connectors and tiny circuits so that the circuit is as small as a 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.
The embedded outputs provide feedback to the user, seamlessly connecting one to the digital world.
The conductive components are cost-efficient to produce, and the yarns and fabrics can be manufactured with standard equipment used in mills around the world. One can make as many different textile designs one can think off on single loom itself.
These conductive and internet connected clothes offer new possibilities for interacting with services, devices, and environments. These interactions can be reconfigured at any time.
The conductive fabric used in this “Jacquard project” 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 conductive fabric and clothes with internet connectivity and create new features specifically for the internet enabled interactive platform.
Custom connectors, electronic components, communication protocols, and an ecosystem of simple applications and cloud services are under development by Google.